Words Have a Past (Hardcover)
The English Language, Colonialism, and the Newspapers of Indian Boarding Schools
University of Toronto Press, 9781487501617, 328pp.
Publication Date: April 8, 2019
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For nearly 100 years, Indian boarding schools in Canada and the US produced newspapers read by white settlers, government officials, and Indigenous parents. These newspapers were used as a settler colonial tool, yet within these tightly controlled narratives there also existed sites of resistance. This book traces colonial narratives of language, time, and place from the nineteenth-century to the present day, post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission.