Sorry Nation - The Age of Apology A Global Industry

Alexis E.



This factsheet provides multiple historical and contemporary examples of apologies and acknowlegments made by the Canadian government to demonstrate that these gestures are symbolic and performative. The factsheet highlights the groups that have taken it upon themselves to demand change, apologies, recognition and redress for historical and ongoing injustices.



  • Corntassle, J., Chaw-win-is, & T'lakwadzi. (2009). "Indigenous Storytelling, Truth-Telling, and Community Approaches to Reconciliation". ESC: English Studies in Canada 35(1): 137- 159. DOI:10.1353/esc.0.0163

  • Coulthard, G. S. (2014). Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition. U of Minnesota Press.

  • Miki, R. (2005). "Turning In, Turning Out: The Shifting Formations of 'Japanese Canadian' from Uprooting to Redress". In Jo-Anne Lee & John Lutz (eds.), Situating 'Race' and Racisms in Space, Time and Theory: Critical Essays for Activists and Scholars (pp.94-113). Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

  • Sitara, G. "Sorry Nation? The Age of Apology and the Work of Reconciliation." [Power Point Lecture]. University of Victoria, BC, April 6, 2021.