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Karen Drake & Brenda L Gunn, eds, Renewing Relationships: Indigenous Peoples and Canada (Saskatoon: Indigenous Law Centre, 2019)


The recently released report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) contains recommendations which seek to deconstruct the highly colonial relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state. This chapter explores how the TRC’s findings might be applied in transforming the theory and practice of academic research as part of renewing and re-defining relationships between Indigenous peoples and broader Canadian society. I will address the fundamental bias that exists in the historical and contemporary scholarship that either explicitly or implicitly frames Indigenous peoples as “problems” to be solved.