What is real reconciliation? This collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely, healing conversation—one we've longed for but, before now, have had a hard time approaching.
These reflective and personal pieces come from journalists, writers, academics, visual artists, filmmakers, city planners, and lawyers, all of whom share their personal light-bulb moments regarding when and how they grappled with the harsh reality of colonization in Canada, and its harmful legacy. Without flinching, they look deeply and honestly at their own experiences and assumptions about race and racial divides in Canada in hopes that the rest of the country will do the same.
Featuring a candid conversation between CBC radio host Shelagh Rogers and Chief Justice Sinclair, this book acts as a call for all Canadians to make reconciliation and decolonization a priority, and reminds us that once we know the history, we all have the responsibility—and ability—to make things better.
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About the Author
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail specializes in telling hidden histories for all ages. She has worked as a freelance writer, consultant, speaker, CBC radio columnist, and is Edmonton's former Historian Laureate. In addition to editing the bestselling collection, In This Together, Danielle has authored several nonfiction books. She is currently at work on a creative nonfiction approach to the history and legacy of the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital. Please visit her at daniellemc.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail 1
The Importance of Rivers Carleigh Baker 11
Dropped, Not Thrown Joanna Streetly 23
Drawing Lines Erika Luckert 35
Jawbreakers Donna Kane 45
This Many-Storied Land Kamala Todd 53
The Perfect Tool Zacharias Kunuk 67
To Kill an Indian Steven Cooper Twyla Campbell 75
Two-Step Katherin Edwards 87
Echo Carol Shaben 99
Mother Tongues Katherine Palmer Gordon 111
White Aboriginal Woman Rhonda Kronyk 123
Colonialism Lived Emma Larocque 133
Marking the Page Lorri Neilsen Glenn 145
Lost Fires Still Burn Carissa Halton 159
From Aha to AHO! Antoine Mountain 171
A Conversation between Shelagh Rogers and the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair 183