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Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS)

Dr. David B. McDonald, March 9 - Whose reconciliation? Conflating Liberal Multiculturalism and Civil Rights Frames on the Road to Transformative Reconciliation in Canada. Co-hosted by the Indigenous Studies Program & Department of Political Science

Feb 27, 2017

A Research in Progress Seminar Talk 2017

Who: Dr. David B. McDonald  
Where: Togo Salmon Hall (TSH) 122
Thursday March 9, 3:00-4:30p

How many Canadian settlers have tried to make “reconciliation” with Indigenous peoples comfortable by framing it as something familiar and unthreatening? While reconciliation can be about Indigenous self-determination and the exercise of rights which could destabilize aspects of the current settler-based political system, it has largely been framed as a process of filling economic and social gaps, and educating settlers about Indigenous history. Transformative reconciliation by contrast, is about fundamentally problematizing the settler state as a colonial creation, a vector of cultural genocide, and one which continues inexorably to suppress Indigenous collective aspirations for self-determination and sovereignty. In this type of reconciliation, we will see the rollback of settler state control over Indigenous individuals and communities, commensurate with the restoration of Indigenous lands, cultures, laws, languages, and governance traditions.

David B. MacDonald is a full Professor in Political Science at the University of Guelph, ON. He has a PhD in International Relations from the LSE, and has served as a faculty member at Otago University, New Zealand, and the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris. His work is focused on Comparative Indigenous Politics and International Relations. He has written three books, a co-authored textbook, and three co-edited books in addition to numerous book chapters and peer reviewed articles. He is affiliated with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and is supported by a SSHRCC Insight Grant.

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