I have come to see reconciliation not as a one-time effort that our nation will achieve and then move on. I see it, indeed, as a practice, as a way of life, in which all of us can engage. This practice is based on considering how the past has shaped us today and how we can work to promote healing and respectful relationships.
This presentation reflects on how white settlers (like me) can work in collaboration with Indigenous partners toward decolonization, healing, justice, and reconciliation. In 2015, while attending the Final Ceremony of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, I was inspired to put my historical scholarship in service to healing, justice, and reconciliation. Settlers can start where we are to become deeply familiar with the places we occupy, including their histories of Indigenous dispossession. We can become accountable and use whatever strengths, skills, and resources we possess to work with Indigenous partners to promote historical reckoning and practice healing and reconciliation within our own communities and institutions.