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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Indian Residential Schools and Genocide

Were the Indian residential schools in Canada educational institutions that helped prepare aboriginal children to take their place in the world, or were they instruments for exterminating the existence of aboriginal peoples as distinct groups with national, territorial, and cultural identities? If the latter, is it accurate to label these practices as genocide? If not, how is this contemporary history to be understood? If it is accurate, then what are the practical implications for aboriginal peoples, the Canadian state, the churches, and Canadian civil society? These and other related questions will be addressed from the perspective of ethnographic research with aboriginal survivors of Indian residential schools.

Presenter: Neal Keating (Faculty)
Topic: Anthropology
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 2:45 pm (Session IV)