In This Together
Fifteen Stories of Truth & ReconciliationBook - 2016
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.
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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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