We Were Children Talkback: Canadian Residential School Denialism
The denial of genocide is not just a reprehensible act of negation – according to scholar Gregory Stanton, it is the final stage of genocide. Here in Canada, there have been several notable public struggles over the limitations of free speech posed by genocide denial, distortion, and minimization.
The accusation of genocide is not new, but since the discovery of unmarked graves at former Residential Schools in the summer of 2021, acceptance of Canada’s guilt has made remarkable advances. Despite this emerging consensus, there remain Canadians who insist otherwise. Genocide denial, distortion, and minimization characterize ongoing discourse over Canadian history. The Neuberger will be joined by leading experts to help unpack this vital conversation.
Dr. Sean Carleton is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation. As a settler scholar, his research examines the history and political economy of colonialism, capitalism, and education in Canada. In particular, he studies the history and ongoing legacy of Canada's Indian Residential School system as well as the growing phenomenon of residential school denialism.
Dr. Karine Duhamel was Director of Research for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, where she drafted the Final Report and managed the Forensic Document Review Project and the Legacy Archive. She is an independent historian, consultant, and curator. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Council of Museums, a board member for the Facing History Board of Scholars, a Speaker for the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and Co-Chair of the Expert Group on Indigenous Matters for the International Council of Archives.
Dr. Hilary Earl is professor of Modern European History and Genocide studies at Nipissing University in North Bay. Her research and teaching interests include the history of the Nazi Holocaust, comparative genocide, war crimes trials of high and mid-ranking Nazis, perpetrator testimony, atrocity film and photography, and the cultural impact of the Holocaust and genocide in the twenty-first century. Her work examines the tensions between what perpetrators say and how they behave. She has published in a variety of journals and essay collections and her book, The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-1958: Atrocity, Law, and History won the 2010 Hans Rosenberg prize for the best book in German history.