Expert in race and culture, Audrey Kobayashi, is available to discuss Prime Minster Stephen Harper's apology to residential school survivors.
Dr. Kobyashi says the apology must be more than words; it must acknowledge the role of the government in the terrible practices that terrorized aboriginal children and attempted to strip them of their cultural identity.
"Apologies in themselves do not require that the apologizer take responsibility and acknowledge their own responsibility," says Dr. Kobayashi. "I hope that we'll see an acknowledgement of the government's role as well as an apology."
Her research revolves around the question of how race, class, gender and national identity emerge in a range of landscapes including homes, streets and workplaces. She also places a strong emphasis on the legal and legislative frameworks that enable social change.
To arrange an interview contact Molly Kehoe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.533.2877, Queen's News & Media Services.