Decolonization Committee

Residential schools operated for over 100 years in Canada.

The last one closed in 1996.

150 000+ children were forced to attend.

Many would not survive and never return home.

Mass graves have been uncovered at some of the schools.

Below are links for further information.

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Documentary: We Were Children

Released in 2012 focuses on the lives of two children who attended residential schools.

Film: Indian Horse

Based on the bestseller by Richard Wagamese.

Please visit www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllis-story to learn where “Orange Shirt” originated and Phyllis Webstad’s story.

The Decolonization committee seeks to challenge and reframe narratives of the Indigenous populace. Colonialism and its ripple effects are still present and experienced today; therefore, decolonization requires all of us to question – Whose historical viewpoint and epistemic belief systems are being upheld? and Why? There must be spaces where conversations can be had with the aim of re-writing/righting this country’s collective history, acknowledging injustices (past and present), and moving forward recognizing Indigenous Peoples knowledge systems and contributions within greater society.

The Decolonization committee is also aligned with Brock’s Strategic Plan that aspires to foster a culture at the university that includes inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization.

The Decolonization committee is open to all members as the decolonizing process is required of all peoples.

“Existing relationships can be used to establish a context upon which new relationships can form.”

    -Shawn Wilson, 2008

 

 

Resources:

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP): https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP):

Volume 1 – Looking Forward Looking Back

Volume 2 – Restructuring the Relationship

Volume 3 – Gathering Strength

Volume 4 – Perspectives and Realities

Volume 5 – Renewal: A Twenty-Year Commitment

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC): http://nctr.ca/assets/reports/Final%20Reports/Executive_Summary_English_Web.pdf

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Report:

Volume 1a

Volume 1b

Dr. Robyn Bourgois’ Decolonial Reading Circle https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2020/07/decolonial-reading-circle-returns-grows-goes-virtual-this-fall/