Engage for Change

April 2017

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Why Reconciliation Isn’t Possible

Why Reconciliation Isn’t Possible

While the term ‘reconciliation’ has become a prominent narrative for Canada this year, it is important to understand that Indigenous peoples are not unified on their viewpoints on reconciliation. There are Indigenous peoples that believe that reconciliation is not possible. How could this be?

Reconciliation as a Multidimensional Concept

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Reconciliation has many different dimensions because it can take on personal, group/organization, national and international meanings. For each role that you have in your life, there may be a different meaning and role for reconciliation. For example, if you are non-Indigenous, reconciliation may mean being a good ally; or, if you are Indigenous, it may mean healing and restitution for residential school experiences, day school experiences, or the Sixties Scoop.