Truth and Reconciliation commentary

As the events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada come to a close, Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin used the term “cultural genocide” to describe the treatment of Canada’s Aboriginal people during the time of residential schools.

It is an appropriate term, said Jim Miller, Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations and professor emeritus of history at the University of Saskatchewan.

"She didn't make partisan comments. She didn't comment on contemporary government policy. And she was in a position to speak authoritatively, having spent months and years working on the history of cases like Delgamuukw or the recent Tsilhqot'in decision," he told The Globe and Mail.

"It gives a seal of approval and endorsement from a very senior, prominent, respected figure in public life in Canada to an interpretation of Canadian history that many people have resisted until now."

Read the full article at The Globe and Mail.
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