Review/ In This Together

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail's In This Together is a collection of essays that deals with some of our country's most significant issues of race

by paula e. kirman

IN the wake of the conclusion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's investigations and the release of the subsequent findings and recommendations have been the inspiration for discussions throughout the country by churches, organizations, and individuals, about how to put those recommendations into action. 


With that in mind, In This Together is an extremely timely and thought-provoking collection of essays by people from different backgrounds. What the essays have in common is the theme of colonization and how the writers dealt with its reality after their various “a-ha” or “lightbulb” moments. They write about some very personal and candid grapplings with issues of race, truth, and reconciliation.

The results seem cathartic while opening the doors for dialogue about where we go from here in terms of examining our own experiences and thoughts about racial divisions in Canada and how we have witnessed colonization around us in our own lives.

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is Edmonton's former Historian Laureate (serving from 2014-2016) and a founding member of Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (RISEdmonton). In This Together is a powerful volume that stands as a testament to her own passion on this topic.

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