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Squaring the circle game: a critical look at Canada’s 2008 apology to former students of Indian residential schools

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dc.contributor.author Radmacher, Michael Boldt
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-27T20:06:51Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-27T20:06:51Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-08-27T20:06:51Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2982
dc.description.abstract On 11 June 2008 the Government of Canada delivered an official apology to former students of Indian residential schools for its participation in the schools’ creation and administration. The morally infused discourses of political apologies may at first seem to symbolize a progressive step towards a better and more egalitarian future. This thesis, however, will challenge and problematize such perspectives by presenting not only a critical analysis of the 2008 apology itself but also by contextualizing the apology’s narratives with the colonial framing strategies which have historically served to marginalize and dominate the Indigenous nations and peoples of Turtle Island. Through the critical exploration of the 2008 apology’s operability and political significance in Canada’s colonial context, this thesis intends to reveal both the message(s) that the apology got across to the Canadian general public and the forms of domination and political distraction that the apology’s seemingly moral and progressive narratives effectively belie. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject apology en
dc.subject Residential Schools en
dc.subject Canada en
dc.subject reconciliation en
dc.subject political apology en
dc.subject reparation en
dc.subject reparations en
dc.subject Harper en
dc.subject Indian en
dc.subject aboriginal en
dc.subject colonization en
dc.subject assimilation en
dc.subject Off-reservation boarding schools en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Political Science en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::History::Canada--History en
dc.title Squaring the circle game: a critical look at Canada’s 2008 apology to former students of Indian residential schools en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor James, Matt
dc.degree.department Dept. of Political Science en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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