In This Together

In This Together

Fifteen Stories of Truth & Reconciliation

Book - 2016
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The release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) findings and recommendations in the spring of 2015 was an immensely important day for the people of Canada. It marked the hopeful beginning of change--a change of thinking, a change of opinion, a change in understanding. But how do we begin?

Chief Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the TRC, says that the most common statement the commission heard from the public was: "I didn't know any of this, and I acknowledge that things are not where they should be, and that we can do better. But what can we do? What should we do?"

This collection of fifteen true stories of real reconciliation by both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Canadians is in response to that question. Written by journalists, writers, academics, visual artists, filmmakers, a city planner, and a lawyer, each of these writers expound on their 'light bulb moments' regarding Canada's colonial past and present. They look at their own experiences and assumptions about race and racial divides in Canada under a microscope in hopes that the rest of the population will do the same.

With an afterword that is essentially a candid conversation by renowned CBC radio host Shelagh Rogers and Chief Justice Sinclair about their time working with the TRC, this collection is one of the many ways to begin the work of reconciliation in Canada. Metcalfe-Chenail hopes that these voices will inspire other Canadians who want an open dialogue and to maintain the conversation long after the buzz of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report has faded.
Publisher: Victoria, BC :, Brindle & Glass,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781927366448
Branch Call Number: 971.00497 In
Characteristics: 215 page ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Metcalfe-Chenail, Danielle - Editor


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spl_merley Apr 25, 2018

The moral of a fable I have heard was that story is truth dressed in colourful robes. This collection of essays explores the deeply personal truths of our history of racism which has damaged and impeded the relationship between Canada's First Peoples and the settlers and colonizers who came after. Every Canadian should spend time sitting with these stories and wrestling with the truths that they reveal as we journey forward on a winding path toward reconciliation.

Jul 22, 2016

A collection of essays and personal stories that illustrate Canada's relationship, sometimes rocky, sometimes with good intentions, with the Aboriginal people who were living here before European arrival. Fascinating, forgiving, educational, eye-opening. This book should be required reading in every school in Canada.


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spl_merley Sep 19, 2018

We are invited by the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s calls to action to take steps that will move us forward as a nation united in a shared future. In this Together encourages us to take a step together by listening to diverse stories and experiences which grapple with the complicated, sometimes contentious and most certainly sensitive history of Canadian settlers’ relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Stories are one of the most powerful ways we have to encounter the messy truths of people’s experience and the future of Canada depends upon us all wrestling with some messy truths about the relationship between Canada’s settlers and Indigenous peoples. In this Together is a collection of essays by both indigenous and non-indigenous writers that carry us into uncomfortable places of Canadian history, politics and policy which have shaped the past, present and future relationship between Canada’s treaty peoples. There is a rawness to these stories as the contributors wrestle with history, personal and collective thought and the harm that has been done in the name of growing a nation. It is both compelling and challenging in the ways that it reflects a version of Canada that includes Indigenous history and experience. There is also a sense of urgency in the book; a desire that the future of Canada might be redeemed so that all of us are able to flourish together.

The stories in this collection are deeply personal, detailed and full of thoughtful reflection. Reading this book will help you to understand the work of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada and leaves you with a deeper understanding of what it means to be a treaty people.

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