What do bicycles have to do with Reconciliation in so-called Canada?

Robin P.



This factsheet discusses the performative and symbolic approach of the Canadian government to reconciliation. The factsheet uses a metaphor of a stolen bicycle to detail important meaningful actions that must be taken to move forward with reconciliation.



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