Residential Schools, Respect, And Responsibilities For Past Harms

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John Borrow’s article “Residential schools, respect, and responsibilities for past harms” examines the differing views regarding the assumption of responsibility for the historic harms of Indigenous peoples affected by residential schools. The article is divided into five main topics: ‘on not listening,’ ‘listening,’ ‘on not being responsible,’ ‘on being responsible,’ and ‘respectful responsibility.’ The first section, ‘on not listening,’ traces the author’s struggle to identify his own responsibility to those affected by residential schools. Survivors and elders have conflicting experiences and responses to the harms endured. The discussion should not end with a formal acceptance and assignment of responsibility, bur rather, it should…show more content…
The fourth section of the article, ‘on being responsible,’ takes the above arguments and offers insight into how Canadians may in actuality be responsible for the harms incurred through residential schools. The arguments against residential schools do not deny that Indigenous peoples suffered harm, rather, they highlight the importance of considering differing points of views. In the final section, ‘respectful responsibility,’ the author concludes by suggesting that Indigenous peoples’ laws and political traditions provide important standards for judgement.
2. What are the implications of the author’s arguments for other readings and discussions in this course? Reconciliation is about moving forward and opening new paths that are based on truth and justice. There are numerous manners in which reconciliation can take place. As illustrated by Sue Campbell in “Remembering for the Future,” accepting responsibility is an important factor in using memory as a form of reconciliation. This notion of memory is further

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