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A settler’s response to the TRC’s Calls to Action: A research journey towards an inclusive practice

Desnoyers, Monique (2017) A settler’s response to the TRC’s Calls to Action: A research journey towards an inclusive practice. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Desnoyers, Monique

This thesis outlines the concepts that informed my critical journey of developing an understanding of what truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples of this land requires of me as a person and as an inclusive designer. My thesis is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Calls to Action published in 2015.

My journey is the story of how I become aware of the impact of my settler colonialism; a system which seeks to eliminate and assimilate beliefs and peoples that obstructs its manifestation. I acknowledge the settler colonial worldview is a systemic barrier to building relationships between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples. My journey describes how I encounter barriers based on the construct of the “Other” and my attempts to uncover personal, societal and cultural biases. My conclusion is that for reconciliation to begin, a commitment to an ongoing decolonization process is required.

I share my research journey for designers and educators to consider recognising and becoming inclusive of Indigenous peoples, their cultures and extensive knowledge systems within their research and design practices.

Date: April 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Truth and reconciliation, research as journey, settler colonialism, Inclusive design
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 18:40
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 22:45
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1888

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