Carleton’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies has a long history of advancing cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and teaching on Canada, its colonial history, Indigenous peoples, and the various groups who occupy the country. Instead of the polite, celebratory version of Canada often found high-school textbooks or TV commercials, we aim to tackle the uncomfortable. unreconciled, and inconvenient truths of contemporary Canadian life. In particular, our pedagogy and scholarship considers the conjoined histories of Indigenous peoples and Canadians as a complex, ambiguous, and often violent relationship which continues to impact every resident of the country. The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for reconciliation through an active process of decolonization. This is a shared undertaking in which Carleton and all other educational institutions will play a leading role. In keeping with this, our teaching and research is driven by a commitment to critical analysis and to fostering the growth of diverse, sustainable, and just communities.

We believe the university has a crucial role to play in the collective work of coming to terms with the past, recognizing the present, and imagining the future. We envision ourselves in service of the process of decolonization and national reconciliation. We invite you to join us, to explore the ambiguities and ambivalences that emerge in and around settler societies, as we aim to remember honestly and move forward respectfully into our shared future.

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