JUST AND UNJUST REALLOCATIONS OF HISTORICAL BURDENS: NOTES ON A NORMATIVE THEORY OF REPARATIONS POLITICS

SAM GREY
2018 Les Ateliers de l'Ethique  
Prevailing connotations of reconciliation orbit concord or harmonious coexistence, meaning that concern for justice is necessarily subordinated to a more casually pragmatic peace. Bringing justice considerations to the fore means focusing on reparations as a key element of reconciliation's suite of activities—but reparations are necessarily a matter of process, which precludes considering elements of the "package" in isolation from one another, as is the case with traditional evaluative
more » ... evaluative criteria of motivation or proportion. Accordingly, this article proposes that reparations are better framed as a considered reaction to the unjust allocation of burdens, so that subsequent reallocations serve justice by answering the needs and demands of survivors. Taking cues from a variety of sources both within and beyond the transitional justice literature, the work at hand attempts just such a retrospective reframing by looking at a recently completed Canadian reparations process: the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).
doi:10.7202/1051275ar fatcat:krmyqhgs3fdjxpehccbaakud4y