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The legacy of colonization: Two poets 'dance with memory' and 'cock a fist'

The Red Files; Burning in this Midnight Dream

by Lisa Bird-Wilson; Louise Bernice Halfe
(Nightwood Editions; Coteau Books,
2016;
$18.95; $16.95)

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Lisa Bird-Wilson knows how to make words cut and sting.

In her debut poetry collection The Red Files Bird-Wilson skewers government attempts at an apology for residential schools.

"You sowed these seeds and you

apologize for having done this

thing that is still in the doing"

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| December 18, 2015
September 28, 2015 |
A day to remember the atrocious treatment of more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children, who were taken from their families and forced into residential schools to assimilate.

What fish have to do with truth and reconciliation

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In June, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its findings about the more than 120 years of abuse and neglect by the federal government when tens of thousands of Aboriginal children were sent to Indian Residential Schools run by the churches.

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The miseducation of Augie Merasty

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir

by Joseph A. Merasty, David Carpenter
(University of Regina Press,
2015;
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Early Canadians shed light on barbaric cultural practices in the present

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Consider this a pre-Canada Day column on pre-Canadians and what became of them. One effect of solemn national origin days is often to obscure any downsides that might've existed then or since. On the U.S.'s first Independence Day, only about a third of colonists were supportive. At Confederation, P.E.I. opted out and support elsewhere was shaky. A stark example is Palestine-Israel. On the Israeli side it's Independence Day; among Palestinians, Catastrophe Day.

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Rachel Notley
| June 23, 2015
Cover from "The Inconvenient Indian," by Thomas King
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