ᐱᐣᑎᑫᐣ (Come In)
Surviving and Fighting Dehumanizing Practices in Ontario Institutions
Passing Through the Darkness of our Past Lives into the Light of our Present Lives
“They have to listen to our truths—it’s not going to be easy. Settler people don’t want us to talk about genocide and racism. But everything that is attainable is truthful.” ~ Mona Stonefish
“Without truth, justice, and healing, there can be no genuine reconciliation.”1(footnote) ~ Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
The ᑌᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ (truth) held by survivors must be told and understood to move forward in socially and ecologically just ways. Yet those who feel their white settler privilege is threatened by this truth have a vested interest in not knowing it and, even more dangerous, seeking ways of denying it. In their article, “Truth before Reconciliation: 8 Ways to Identify and Confront Residential School Denialism,” Daniel Heath Justice and Sean Carleton describe ways some are denying the harms of Indian Residential Schools in Canada:2(footnote)
These claims suggest that the anger survivors and their families feel is misplaced and inappropriate. Deniers use this claim to suggest ᓂᑕᑦ ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐊᐧᐠ (First Nations Peoples) are less civil. This is a manipulation used to reapply civilizing discourses and to justify the white settler supremacy of deniers.