The Canadian Historical Association’s "Canada Day Statement" named the country’s history of violence against indigenous people “genocide” and acknowledged that the reluctance of historians to use the term contributed to the country's refusal to “come to grips” with its “history of colonization and dispossession.” Many hailed the statement as an important step toward repair but others denounced the association’s foray into “activist” & “revisionist” history.
This roundtable asks what the critics mean by “activist” and “revisionist” history? How might historians, as a profession, contribute to the work of decolonization and how might decolonization, in turn, expand and enhance the profession? How can historians best engage with their critics? Please join us on Zoom for a panel discussion hosted by the History Department:
Dr. Bimadoshka Pucan, History & School of Public Affairs, Concordia University
Dr. Daniel Sims, Associate Professor, Department of First Nations Studies, University of North British Columbia
Dr. David Webster, Associate Professor, History & Global Studies, Bishop's University
Dr. Catherine Kinewesquao Richardson,, First Peoples Studies, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University