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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter explores the history of the truth, healing, and reconciliation movements with regard to the history and legacy of the Indian residential schools in Canada, with a particular focus on the role that Aboriginal writers have played in advocating for, debating, troubling, and creatively exploring notions of reconciliation and healing. The chapter considers fiction and commentary by several writers and explores the profound historical silences around residential schools, which have recently been broken. These actions raise the question of how to handle the questions of why and how an individual writer has chosen to engage the legacy of the residential schools.

Keywords: truth, healing, reconciliation, residential schools, Aboriginal writers, Canada

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