What makes genocide thinkable? While sociologists have proposed social structures and practices that serve as common conditions for genocide, a condition that necessarily underlies these social structures and practices is a worldview in which such social structures and practices find their legitimation. A necessary condition of genocide is thus a social imaginary in which some peoples and ways of life are imagined to be inherently more valuable than others – or worse, where some peoples and ways of life are imagined as not being human, and thus, not valuable at all.
The responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #49 documented in this book mark the beginning of a concerted educational effort; they are the first steps on the long path of reconciliation between the churches and the Indigenous Peoples of this land. While we cannot erase the atrocities committed in the past, we remain committed to recognizing and deconstructing their legacies in our present: to make the genocide in our past unthinkable in our children’s future.