As globalization proceeds, varying forms of cooperation are crucial to the interaction of cultures across multiple boundaries. This study examines the communicative politics of Canada’s reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples. It explores the capacities of rhetorical practice to motivate productive exchange between groups in contexts animated by cultural pluralism and historical injustice. I critique distinct sites of cultural memory construction and contestation (re-imagined multinationality, interest convergence, and cultural advocacy). Varied memories of the past are alive in the present. Assuming that memory is always defined by gaps, the work examines the relevant memory practices in each case, and assesses how such gaps are contained, produced, or mediated.
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