The author discusses his experience with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, charged with writing a history of the residential school system for First Nations students in Canada and with producing an archive accessible to both scholarly researchers and the public. Funding and limited governmental support for the project limited its scope and effectiveness, but the TRC has helped educate the Canadian public about residential schools, and has made progress towards reconciliation.
Doing Public History in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission
John Milloy is professor of History and an affiliated member of the Department of Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. He is the author of A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, and served as Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and first Director of Research and Report Writing and then as Special Advisor (History) for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
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John Milloy; Doing Public History in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Public Historian 1 November 2013; 35 (4): 10–19. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2013.35.4.10
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