Manitoba

University of Manitoba profs rebuke anti-TRC editorial by colleagues

Some University of Manitoba professors are speaking out against two colleagues, criticizing an editorial they wrote in the National Post.

The editorial minimizes the experience of residential school survivors, says history professor Adele Perry

An op-ed piece published in the National Post and written by two University of Manitoba professors has caused a stir among their colleagues. (CBC)

Some professors at the University of Manitoba are speaking out against two colleagues, criticizing an editorial they wrote in the National Post.

Rodney Clifton and Hymie Rubenstein co-authored the editorial, which attacked the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report as being full of half-truths and exaggerations.

History professor Adele Perry said the editorial minimizes the experience of residential school survivors.

It's a pretty shallow response to a very complicated and serious set of issues in the past and in the present- Adele Perry

"The enormous amount of very careful research that has been done by scholars, by people working directly for the TRC, or producing work that is being consulted by it, has findings that don't support what is being argued in that very brief — and in some senses pretty cursory — op-ed piece," she said.

The editorial is not consistent with the views held by the university, which will house the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, where it will keep the TRC's archives.

Perry and 40 other U of M staffers have contacted the paper with their concerns about the editorial.

"My response [to the editorial] was that it's a pretty shallow response to a very complicated and serious set of issues in the past and in the present," she said.

"It was one that I wanted to respond to."

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