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Mi'kmaq & Indigenous Studies: Indigenous

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Canada’s Residential Schools: Reconciliation

Quotes from The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Volume 6  [emphasis added]

The histories and cultures of Aboriginal peoples are central to all Canadians’ understanding of their shared past. Respectful exploration of the interwoven, often difficult histories of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples is a responsi- ble, timely contribution to contemporary Canada, and to global understanding of Aboriginal Peoples.... There are four principal objectives in exploring and sharing Aboriginal narratives.... 1) Represent Aboriginal histories and cultures within broader Canadian narratives ... 2) Explore inter-cultural engagement and its continuing impacts ... 3) Broaden understanding of Aboriginal history before European contact ... [and] 4) Deepen efforts to support First Peoples’ stewardship. (as cited in the Volume 6, 2016, p. 135: the original text in Canadian Museum of Civilization and Canadian War Museum, “Research Strategy,” 10.)

Chapter 4  Education for Reconciliation (pp. 117 - 156)

Understanding the ethical dimension of history is especially important. Students must be able to make ethical judgments about the actions of their ancestors while recognizing that the moral sensibilities of the past may have been quite different from their own. They must be able to make informed decisions about what responsibility today’s society has to address historical injustices. This ethical awareness will ensure that tomorrow’s citizens both know and care about the injustices of the past as they relate to their own futures (p. 125).

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