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Indigenous-Settler Reconciliation: Indigenous Perspectives

"To the Commission, 'reconciliation' is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country. For that to happen, there has to be awareness of the past, acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour" (3).

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Reconciliation, vol. 6, McGill-Queen's UP, 2015,

"We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation" (4).

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015,

"We're all neighbours: that's the reality. This land has the potential for social greatness. And within this cultural mosaic lies the essential ingredient of freedom—acceptance. That's an Aboriginal principle I've learned. When you know your neighbours, when you can lean over the fence and hear each other's stories, you foster understanding, harmony and community" (4).

Wagamese, Richard. One Native Life. Douglas & McIntyre, 2009. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

"To regain the confidence of our people, the government of Canada must reinstate our treaties. Upon this foundation and upon this foundation only, the government of Canada still can embark on an honourable undertaking with the Indian people" (50).

Cardinal, Harold. The Unjust Society: The Tragedy of Canada's Indians. M.G. Hurtig, 1969.