Who are we?
By Bruce Kidd
As an unabashed Canadian nationalist, I’ve been looking forward to Canada’s 150. It’s an opportunity to refresh and strengthen explicitly pan-Canadian institutions and forms of cultural expression in a way that stimulates new ideas and energy for the decades and challenges ahead. Read more.
“The University of Toronto grew up with Canada and our rich history and the country’s history are inseparable,” said Ainslie. “The sesquicentennial gives us a chance to critically examine the country’s past, present and future and the university welcomes the opportunity to be a leading participant in these discussions.” Read more.
True North: Reconciliation
By Bruce Kidd
The long history of European exploration, trade and settlement in North America has not been beneficial to the Indigenous peoples. The creation and expansion of the Canadian state has meant the paternalistic control of their lives and their lands, and a concerted effort to inhibit if not eliminate their economies, languages and cultural practices. One of the most sorry chapters in this story was the forced removal of their children from families and communities, boarding them in distant residential schools, and trying to strip them of their languages and culture. This is not ancient history. In many cases, as we have shockingly heard from survivors, some residential schools operated as recently as 25 years ago. Read more
Truth and Reconciliation on Campus
By Rachel Halpern
The injustices Indigenous people have faced throughout history have become a big focus for the Canadian government. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada recently published Calls to Action outlining the ways the country can continue the reconciliation process and improve the future for all Indigenous people. Read more.