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The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada described Canada’s Aboriginal policy as cultural genocide. This chapter examines the heated debate that led to this declaration and prompts consideration on what is at stake in the way we remember the past.





Get an overview of the central themes you will explore in these readings on how we remember the Indian Residential Schools.

Reading 1 of 3
Genocide & Mass Violence


Learn about the origin and meaning of the term genocide as defined in the UN Genocide Convention.

Reading 2 of 3
Genocide & Mass Violence

A Canadian Genocide in Search of a Name

Read a call to Canada's government to recognize its treatment of Indigenous Peoples in colonial Canada as genocide.

Reading 3 of 3
Genocide & Mass Violence

Cultural Genocide

Consider how the term cultural genocide describes the efforts of the Canadian government to assimilate the Indigenous Peoples through residential schools.

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