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THE RECONCILIATION INDUSTRY: LAND DISPOSSESSION AND EXTRACTIVISM IN AN AGE OF OFFICIAL CONTRITION
Reconciliation has become the watchword of this era of relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. In part that’s because the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has made important contributions to the public understanding of residential schools. But for the Canadian government and industry, what does the rise of reconciliation discourse entail? Is reconciliation a shape-shift in ongoing colonization? What kind of reconciliation is possible if the crime is still in progress?
Martin Lukacs is a journalist writing for the British Guardian and one of the authors and organizers of the Leap Manifesto. He has been involved with movements for social and ecological justice and collective liberation for fifteen years. He lives in Montreal.