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Troubling Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Education

Critical Perspectives

edited by Sandra D. Styres & Arlo Kempf

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Indigenous Studies, General
Author identifies as indigenous

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Troubling Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Education offers a series of critical perspectives concerning reconciliation and reconciliatory efforts between Canadian and Indigenous peoples. Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars address both theoretical and practical aspects of troubling reconciliation in education across various contexts with significant diversity of thought, approach, and socio-political location. Throughout, the work challenges mainstream reconciliation discourses. This timely, unflinching analysis will be invaluable to scholars and students of Indigenous studies, sociology, and education. Foreword by Jan Hare.

Contributors: Daniela Bascuñán, Jennifer Brant, Liza Brechbill, Shawna Carroll, Frank Deer, George J. Sefa Dei (Nana Adusei Sefa Tweneboah), Lucy El-Sherif, Rachel yacaaʔał George, Ruth Green, Celia Haig-Brown, Arlo Kempf, Jeannie Kerr, David Newhouse, Amy Parent, Michelle Pidgeon, Robin Quantick, Jean-Paul Restoule, Toby Rollo, Mark Sinke, Sandra D. Styres, Lynne Wiltse, Dawn Zinga

About the authors

Sandra Styres is of Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk), English and French descent and resides on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Education with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto. Her research interests specifically focus on Indigenous Land-centred philosophies and education.

Sandra D. Styres' profile page

Arlo Kempf is Assistant Professor of Equity and Antiracism Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

"This is crucially important work at this time, as universities, provincial education boards, and school districts grapple with their responses to the TRC. The contributors to Troubling Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Education continue dialogues around reconciliation, decolonization, and Indigenization in schools at every level across Canada and offer real and actionable insights for educational leaders and teachers.” Shannon C. Leddy, University of British Columbia

“Troubling Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Education is a significant contribution in this era of the post-TRC, the Calls to Action, the MMIWG inquiry report, and the ongoing difficulties and legacies of systemic racism/colonialism against Indigenous peoples in Canadian institutions.” Lisa Korteweg, Lakehead University

"Troubling Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Education is both practical and highly sophisticated in its collective approach to examining and evaluating factual and authentic teaching surrounding Indigenous history, culture, and shared generational settler responsibility. At times the truths being explored can be uncomfortable, but the pain associated with analyzing these inconvenient realities speaks to the necessity for confronting them actively. As Canadians continue to wrestle with the larger implications of ‘reconciliation,’ this is an engaging and provocative read that adds texture and nuance to an integral and fundamental part of defining a Canadian national identity." Regan Treewater, Alberta Native News, September 27, 2022

"Following the words of editors Styres and Kempf, the 22 contributors examine whether current efforts at reconciliation are real or just 'hype.' Part 1 of the book looks at the theoretical approaches to reconciliation and part 2 at actual efforts being made, mainly in teacher education programs in several Canadian universities... Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty." J. A. Reyhner, CHOICE Magazine, January 2023