“How can settler Canadians claim the “right” to do anything remotely like this culturally created art? And how can their intrusion into these spheres of Indigenous experience represent reconciliation? It takes a certain warped perspective to even conceive of this. Williamson’s essay describes what that perspective looks like.”
“For reconciliation to be effective as conceived, we must be willing to reconcile, willing to hear apologies, willing to share our trauma with others, willing to heal and willing to forgive. I emphasize willingness because it exposes another point of erasure. What happens to the irreconcilable Indian? The one who is angry, resentful, outspoken and critical of the process?
An irreconcilable Indian cannot exist in a system of reconciliation. There is no space for her. She is either completely erased or she is condemned for not existing in the newest Aboriginal-friendly space created by her oppressors.”