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Subject/Keyword
settler mentality
United Church
sexism
critical theory
ecological theology
Edmonton Residential School
patriarchy
First Nations
Aboriginal
colonialism
racism
feminist theology
Tsimshian Nation of Lax Kw’alaams, BC
hermeneutic
reconciliation
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
St. Stephen's College
Author or creator
Donna Irene Wilson
Supervisor and department
Dr. Theresa Turmel
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Leslie Gardner
Dr. Mathias, Ross
Dr. Paula Butler
Department
Specialization
Date accepted
Graduation date
2015
Degree
Doctor of Ministry
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
Using hermeneutic inquiry with a critical theory lens, I sought to document and unconceal the involvement of the United Church of Canada in a case of sexual abuse of children at the Edmonton Residential School during 1950 to 1960. Through analysis of the archival data, I sought to understand how the discourses created by the UCC in documents and policies reveal factors at play which normalize practices, attitudes and beliefs resulting in harm, a legacy which affects the First Nations Peoples of the Tsimshian Nation of Lax Kw’alaams, British Columbia. These factors at play are: patriarchy/sexism; colonialism /settler mentality; racism; and Government/Church relations. I utilized critical analysis of the current literature to examine the structures and systems that supported the abuse at the Edmonton Residential School. I, as a United Church minister, and a lifelong member of the Church, am deeply and emotionally connected to this inquiry through my own personal and professional relationship to the United Church of Canada and to the people of Lax Kw’alaams. I aspire to contribute to a better understanding of the past that informs all of us within the United Church of Canada to develop a polity that contributes to reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples. I do so with the deeply felt belief that without truth telling there can be no reconciliation.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3F47H784
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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