About the Event
Since 1973, the Government of Canada has engaged with Indigenous Peoples in addressing unfulfilled legal obligations, resolving outstanding claims of financial and administrative mismanagement, and compensating First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for the horrors of Canada’s colonial legacy of assimilation and paternalistic policies.
The history of these reparations towards Indigenous Peoples in Canada has been in a constant state of evolution as governments come to grips with the ongoing impacts of systemic racism, as well as growing awareness amongst the Canadian public. As well as an historical overview of financial compensation to Indigenous Peoples in Canada, this presentation will discuss the three levels, or types, of reparations used in this context: public apologies and compensation, litigation and historic claims.
Photo: Jean-Pierre Morin ©private
About Jean-Pierre Morin
Since 2000, Jean-Pierre Morin is the departmental historian for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and Indigenous Services Canada specialising in the history of government policy and administration of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and the history of treaty-making.
Jean-Pierre is currently working on a comprehensive history of the administration of federal Indigenous affairs as well as developing new historical learning tools for federal public servants. In 2015, he joined the History Department at Carleton University as an adjunct research professor for Public History, and in 2018, his book Solemn Words and Foundational Documents: an Annotated Discussion of Indigenous-Crown Treaties in Canada, 1752-1923 was published by University of Toronto Press.