Summer Collection 2023 – Canada’s Reckoning with Ry Moran, Fannie Lafontaine, Karine Duhamel and Andrew Woolford

This week to keep you going while we are still on summer break we bring back an episode that originally aired in 2021 after the discovery of a number of mass graves at the sites of former residential schools in Canada. Such institutions were created with the explicit objective of removing children from their families and tribes, and forcing on them the culture, language and religion of Euro-Christian colonisers. It is estimated that some 6000 children died while attending these schools.

In this episode with the help of not one, not two, not even three, but four experts, we delve into the impact of the discovery of these mass graves, coupled with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Reports. To cover such a sensitive topic our array of experts included Ry Moran, a member of the Red River Métis and former founding director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and is now associate university librarian at the University of Victoria with a focus on reconciliation. Fannie Lafontaine is a professor at the Faculty of Law of Laval University, holder of the Canada Research Chair in International Criminal Justice and Fundamental Rights and co-author of the legal analysis for the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Historian Karine Duhamel is Anishinaabe-Métis and was the Director of Research for the MMIWG inquiry, as well as managing the Forensic Document Review Project and the Legacy Archive. Andrew Woolford is professor of Sociology & Criminology at the University of Manitoba and former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

For this episode there weren’t any enticing Netflix recommendations, but we did put together an extensive reading list to help our listeners get as well informed as possible on the troubling history between Canada’s government and its indigenous population. These readings obviously remain just as relevant now as they were when we first aired the episode 2 years ago: