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Educating for Reconciliation in the Economics Classroom





Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has sparked new interest in the concept of 'educating for reconciliation', though calls to 'indigenise' or 'decolonise' the classroom preceded the TRC's work by several years. This paper argues that economics educators' responsibilities in settler-colonial contexts are two-fold: to teach students about the economic history of colonialism and its contemporary implications in a way that equips them to contribute to real economic change, and to foster respect and mutual understanding by acknowledging the legitimacy of Indigenous perspectives on the economy. The paper concludes with some suggestions for practical change in the economics classroom.


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Article: Gerda J. Kits (2018), Educating for reconciliation in the economics classroomInternational Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education (IJPEE), Vol. 9, No. 3

Dr. Gerda Kits

Associate Professor, Economics P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8056
  • PhD Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Alberta, 2011
  • MDE, Dalhousie University, 2006
  • BA, Environmental Studies, The King`s University College, 2004