Words Have A Past
The English Language, Colonialism, and the Newspapers of Indian Boarding SchoolsBook - 2019
Words Have a Past traces settler colonial narratives represented in newspapers produced in late nineteenth-century Indian boarding schools.
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.