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dc.contributor.authorConrad, Arlene Shirley
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-09T19:02:08Z
dc.date.available2019-08-09T19:02:08Z
dc.date.submitted2019
dc.identifier.urihttps://viurrspace.ca/handle/10613/14733
dc.description.abstractAs an Indigenous woman and an Indian Residential School survivor, I embark on a journey that forms a roadmap of my life experiences that are part of the history of Canada. I share who I am and how I self-identify as someone born of mixed ancestry. I share stories of my Dene culture and the experience that my siblings and I had while at Indian Residential School (IRS). The question, “What is my truth and reconciliation?” opens up an array of interpretations and subsequent questions that reference many aspects of my political and cultural viewpoints. I use a blended qualitative research approach using Indigenous research methodology and autoethnography to explore Indigenous cultural ideologies to interpret reconciliation. Data was collected through a set of questions in a guided focus group with my two siblings. The focus group questions brought out thoughts, feelings, and emotions from IRS that resonated around childhood trauma. Through thematic analysis, I discovered similarities in our answers and together we gained a deeper understanding of our childhood trauma as experienced at IRS. I bridge the gap between the past and the present as I acknowledge my lived realities that enable me to move beyond personal trauma to healing in the form of decolonization and reconciliation. In my Indigenous world today those two words serve as a bridge towards my healing journey. Keywords: healing, trauma, reconciliation, decolonization, separation, memory, survivor
dc.subjectdecolonization
dc.subjecthealing
dc.subjectIndigenous
dc.subjectreconciliation
dc.subjecttrauma
dc.titleAn Indian Residential School survivor's journey with Truth and Reconciliation
dc.date.updated2019-08-09T19:02:10Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
dc.degree.nameM.A. in Professional Communication
dc.degree.levelMasters
dc.degree.disciplineSchool of Communication and Culture


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