Canada's Reconciliation Fantasy

Alicia P.



This factsheet provides a state-centred analysis of reconciliation to demonstrate that reconciliation serves the settler-state rather than Indigenous peoples. The factsheet demonstrates how state recognitions and apologies for historical events is not enough as these symbolic gestures ultimately reinforce assymetrical colonial relationships.



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