Canada at a crossroads : boundaries, bridges, and laissez-faire racism in indigenous-settler relations
—Denis, Jeff, 1980- author.
Book
2020
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"Drawing on group position theory, settler colonial studies, critical race theory, and Indigenous theorizing, Canada at a Crossroads emphasizes the social psychological barriers to transforming white settler ideologies and practices and working towards decolonization. After tracing settlers' sense of group superiority and entitlement to historical and ongoing colonial processes, Denis illustrates how contemporary Indigenous and settler residents think about and relate to one another. He highlights how, despite often having close cross-group relationships, residents maintain conflicting perspectives on land, culture, history, and treaties, and Indigenous residents frequently experience interpersonal and systemic racism. Denis then critically assesses the promise and pitfalls of commonly proposed solutions, including intergroup contact, education, apologies, and collective action, and concludes that genuine reconciliation will require radically restructuring Canadian society and perpetually fulfilling treaty responsibilities."-- Provided by publisher.

Item Details
Subjects:
Racism -- Ontario -- Rainy River (District)
Rainy River (Ont. : District) -- Race relations.
Whites -- Ontario -- Rainy River (District) -- Relations with Indians.
ISBN:
9781442646544
Description:
xvi, 365 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes:
Canadiana.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Colonization and the development of group positions: a brief history of Indigenous settler relations in the Rainy River District
Perceiving group relations, constructing group positions: "it's okay as long as the Indians know their place!"
Boundary work and group positioning: how perceptions of boundaries reproduce and challenge settler colonial relations
Racism, prejudice, and discrimination: group positioning in everyday attitudes and behaviours
The Alberton Group Home controversy: "i have Native friends, but this is going too far"
Bridge work: beyond group positioning?
A tenuous balance: how contact and prejudice coexist
Education, group positioning, and ideological refinement
Racial contestation and the residential school apology
The benefits and challenges of collective action: "we can work together if we want to work together".
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