Truth and Indignation: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools

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Publisher: University of Toronto Press

Year: 2014

Genre: Social Science

192 pages

Truth and Indignation offers the first close and critical assessment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as it is unfolding. Niezen uses interviews with survivors and oblate priests and nuns, as well as testimonies, texts, and visual materials produced by the Commission to raise important questions: What makes Canada's TRC different from others around the world? What kinds of narratives are emerging and what does that mean for reconciliation, transitional justice, and conceptions of traumatic memory? What happens to the ultimate goal of reconciliation when a large part of the testimony—that of nuns, priests, and government officials—is scarcely evident in the Commission's proceedings? Thoughtful, provocative, and uncompromising in the need to tell the "truth" as he sees it, Niezen offers an important contribution to our understanding of TRC processes in general, and the Canadian experience in particular.

 

Note: The cover features Luke Marston's bentwood box commissioned for the Truth and Reconciliation Comission.

Associated Artist(s): 
Luke Marston