This is a podcast about ‘reconciliation’ in Canada. We’re thinking about reconciliation in quotation marks because we want to critically analyze the narratives, power dynamics, potential pitfalls, practices, and consequences unfolding around us. (Full episode, 67 minutes)
Cindy Smithers Graeme holds a PhD in Indigenous Health from Western University.
If you are looking to reference or listen to a topical segment, here are the broad themes we discussed.
A critique of land acknowledgements
What do we make of the increasingly common practice of non-indigenous people publicly acknowledging the traditional territories of indigenous people before public gatherings? (7 minutes)
The personal and the political
What could and should it look like for non-indigenous people to engage politically with reconciliation? (19 minutes)
Let’s talk ‘truth’ before we talk ‘reconciliation’
We consider some ways that the reconciliation narrative can be a tool for the ongoing colonization of people, land, and culture. (12 minutes)
Spaces, power, tokenizing, and colonizing
We think critically about the power and privilege that resides in capacity to create spaces and galvanize attention. (14 minutes)
Do you have thoughts, perspectives, or input to add to the conversation? Please leave a note in the comment section below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more, this site has a number of further discussions about the topic of reconciliation for reflection as well.