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Ciliation non Aboriginal Canadians must undergo their own process of decolonization They must relinuish the persistent myth of themselves as peacemakers and acknowledge the destructive legacy of a society that has stubbornly ignored and devalued Indigenous experience With former students offering their stories as part of the truth and reconciliation processes Regan advocates for an ethos that learns from the past making space for an Indigenous historic. This was a difficult book to read and I imagine a hard one to write Paulette Regan has made an extensive study of decolonization writings and put them into practice in her work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission It was interesting and instructive to read about her own experiences as a settler Canadian as she came to terms with the shattering of the myth of Canadians as peacemakers in the context of the violence done to Indigenous communities of Canada by the residential school system Her book provides guidance in answer to the settler problem of how do non Indigenous people make amends without perpetuating colonial attitudes of trying to fix things for the aboriginal population of Canada Her advice is to listen to review one s own actions in the context of what has gone before and to work towards challenging the myths and attitudes which pervade settler societyWe bear witness and in doing so we accept responsibility for making change in the worldAs allies we learn to listen with humility and vulnerability to the history of dispossession racism and oppression that is still alive We critically reflect upon these stories as a catalyst for actionWe would work in solidarity with Indigenous people to restory the IRS history and legacy through ethical testimonial exchange and in public history and commemoration projects as part of national truth telling

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Unsettling the Settler Within

In 2008 the Canadian government apologized to the victims of the notorious Indian residential school system and established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission whose goal was to mend the deep rifts between Aboriginal peoples and the settler society that engineered the system In Unsettling the Settler Within Paulette Regan a former residential schools claims manager argues that in order to truly participate in the transformative possibilities of recon. This book was a pretty good read but I skipped mush of it Regan goes into depth and length uoting many sources to supplement her understanding of the decolonization process I skipped much of this because I used to work with Indigenous communities regularly Of course I was working under the Indian Act so whatever I was doing was already part of the colonial system I was at a meeting where our DM was noted saying The Indian Act cannot be stripped down it is like the roots of the tree You cannot kill the roots and save the tree So our direction as employees is to move bands out of the Indian Act using alternative management regimes There was some benefit to it but given that we had objectives to complete these moves per year we didn t have the time to really help communities settle with their new roles as managers of their own affairs It is not a completely separated system since the relationship with Canada was still maintainedMy gut reaction to this book was that it was hard for me to accept the decolonization process I don t know how to achieve it I don t know how to make it right and I felt like I was being attacked for being me I suppose that s the unsettling part of the title of this book As an immigrant to this country from a country where the government treated its own people even cruelly I can t feel the shame that Regan admits to at the Feast in Hazelton I ask myself if this shame is the same as white guilt and I wonder if it is possible for a non white person to feel it since I participate in the same system as the colonizers white people did also colonize parts of my home country too

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Al counter narrative to avoid perpetuating a colonial relationship between Aboriginal and settler peoples A powerful and compassionate call to action Unsettling the Settler Within inspires with its thoughtful and personal account of Regan's own journey and offers all Canadians Indigenous and non Indigenous policymakers politicians teachers and students a new way of approaching the critical task of healing the wounds left by the residential school syste. Dense read but necessary for any settler wishing to decolonize their minds hearts dismantle the colonial project of Canada Gives pedagogical guidance for settlers who wish to work in solidarity with indigenous peoples towards peace justice and truth without reinscribing the deeply entrenched colonizer colonized relationship Took some time but glad I read it


10 thoughts on “Unsettling the Settler Within

  1. says:

    This book was a pretty good read but I skipped mush of it Regan goes into depth and length uoting many sources to supplement her understanding of the decolonization process I skipped much of this because I used to work with Indigenous communities regularly Of course I was working under the Indian Act so whatever I was doing was already part of the colonial system I was at a meeting where our DM was noted saying The Indian Act can

  2. says:

    It took me a long time to read this book a year and a half because it was dense with learning and I needed to pause after sections to absorb the information before I moved on In 2014 I participated in a courageous and imagi

  3. says:

    Well written thoughtful and informed look at the idea of reconciliation in Canada Regan does an excellent job of balancing personal experience recent events in First Nation Settler relations and scholarly opinions This is book is a great cal

  4. says:

    This was a difficult book to read and I imagine a hard one to write Paulette Regan has made an extensive study of decoloniz

  5. says:

    A really important book with a lot of great insight from a voice of experience and intelligence I mainly wish it had been written accessibly less academically Because every settler Canadian should read this kind of book and think about it But for many it would be too much of a slog to do so Hopefully though this book serves as the start of an ongoing conversation Because as Regan says there is no Indian problem There is rather a

  6. says:

    Turns the gaze away from the subject Aboriginal peoples to the settlers With the intention of achieving 'genuine' reconcil

  7. says:

    Dense read but necessary for any settler wishing to decolonize their minds hearts dismantle the colonial project of Canada Gives pedagogical guidance for settlers who wish to work in solidarity with indigenous peoples towar

  8. says:

    So good It was well written and meaningful and truly inspiring Without leaving any illusions about the breadth of the problem the ending was still infused with hope

  9. says:

    I got this title among many others as a personal recommendation from Senator Murray Sinclair on what books to read as part of my own learning

  10. says:

    If the current uest for reconciliation is no different from settler practices of the past a new colonial tool of oppression it has now become imperative to challenge Canada's peacemaker myth Peeling back the layers of myth reveals that we must confront our own repressed and unscrutinized past as a necessary part of our own truth te

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