Words Have a Past: The English Language, Colonialism, and the Newspapers of Indian Boarding Schools

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University of Toronto Press, May 17, 2019 - History - 328 pages

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.

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Jane Griffith is Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University in Toronto.

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