Reclaiming the Rapids: Evaluating the Reconciliatory and Decolonial Potential of Private Land Return

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Vaughan, Courtney




In 2017, the Anglican diocese of Algoma transferred the land occupied by the St. John's Evangelist Anglican Church to the Métis Nation of Ontario. The land was once a burial ground for the local Métis community. As the present church decided to merge with another, the diocese decided, in the spirit of reconciliation, that the land and buildings should be returned to its original inhabitants. As the transfer is recent, the Métis Nation of Ontario's Historic Sault Ste Marie Métis Council is currently envisioning how this space can be useful for the Métis, and create dialogue and relationship between Métis and non-Métis people. This thesis explores the historical colonial logics which allowed for the initial dispossession of the Métis from their home territory, focussing on the themes of gender, race, and land. It will then discern how the land return challenges colonial rationales and offers reconciliatory and decolonial potential.


Canadian Studies
Native American Studies
Canadian History




Carleton University

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