My intention is for this site to evolve into a couple of things:  Firstly, a space for me to share important, interesting, and/or thought provoking elements and side-notes from my research.  In this vein, “Presenting Histories of Injustice: Community Interactions with Government” is a blog that presents injustices framed as part of the past, and explores whether or not these “historical” injustices can be traced forward as persistent and part of the present.  My work is situated in the Canadian context, is developed and written from the perspective of a Settler in the process of “unsettling” herself (see Pauline Reagan’s [2010] book Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth telling and Reconciliation in Canada for one perspective on this process), and concerns the different pasts and presents of Japanese Canadian and First Nations efforts to communicate truth to power.  I hope to publicly explore critical questions about this thing we call “historical injustice” in a forum that is less formal than required by academia, and more accessible than the academic article, allowing for a wider range of voices and viewpoints.

Secondly, I intend for this site to evolve into a space for me to share resources and events related to my research, as they come up.  I strongly believe that my work would be neither complete, nor accurate, without active involvement in the social issues that I address.  Just as there are many different types of injustice, there are many different angles, ways, and opportunities to contribute to righting wrongs of all sorts, sizes, and durations – My work is but one minuscule contribution added to deep, long, and rich lineages of individuals and communities struggling against subtle and overt forms of domination.

With this in mind, who knows how it will actually unfold; I just hope it serves positively in some way.

2 thoughts on “Home

  1. A good resource for something that all of us should be made aware. I encourage all of you to learn more about issues such as residential schools, their impact and the movement to heal.

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