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

dc.contributor.authorRadmacher, Michael Boldt
dc.contributor.supervisorJames, Matt
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-27T20:06:51Z
dc.date.available2010-08-27T20:06:51Z
dc.date.copyright2010en
dc.date.issued2010-08-27T20:06:51Z
dc.degree.departmentDept. of Political Scienceen
dc.degree.levelMaster of Arts M.A.en
dc.description.abstractOn 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.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/2982
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben
dc.subjectapologyen
dc.subjectResidential Schoolsen
dc.subjectCanadaen
dc.subjectreconciliationen
dc.subjectpolitical apologyen
dc.subjectreparationen
dc.subjectreparationsen
dc.subjectHarperen
dc.subjectIndianen
dc.subjectaboriginalen
dc.subjectcolonizationen
dc.subjectassimilationen
dc.subjectOff-reservation boarding schoolsen
dc.subject.lcshUVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Political Scienceen
dc.subject.lcshUVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::History::Canada--Historyen
dc.titleSquaring the circle game: a critical look at Canada’s 2008 apology to former students of Indian residential schoolsen
dc.typeThesisen

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