In This Together

Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation

General editor: Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail
ISBN 9781927366448
Softcover | Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Book Dimensions: 5.75 in x 8.5 in
224 Pages

About the Book

What is real reconciliation? This collection of essays from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors from across Canada welcomes readers into a timely, healing conversation—one we’ve longed for but, before now, have had a hard time approaching.

These reflective and personal pieces come from journalists, writers, academics, visual artists, filmmakers, city planners, and lawyers, all of whom share their personal light-bulb moments regarding when and how they grappled with the harsh reality of colonization in Canada, and its harmful legacy. Without flinching, they look deeply and honestly at their own experiences and assumptions about race and racial divides in Canada in hopes that the rest of the country will do the same.

Featuring a candid conversation between CBC radio host Shelagh Rogers and Chief Justice Sinclair, this book acts as a call for all Canadians to make reconciliation and decolonization a priority, and reminds us that once we know the history, we all have the responsibility—and ability—to make things better.

About the Author(s)

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail specializes in telling hidden histories for all ages. She has worked as a freelance writer, consultant, speaker, CBC radio columnist, and is Edmonton's former Historian Laureate. In addition to editing the bestselling collection, In This Together, Danielle has authored several nonfiction books. She is currently at work on a creative nonfiction approach to the history and legacy of the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital. Please visit her at


In This Together demonstrates that colonization is not a thing of Canada’s past, and suggests that real reconciliation is only possible through an honest appraisal of our present.” —Quill & Quire

“A poignant and well-intentioned book, and one that deserves to be bought and read.” —The Walrus

“The strength of this collection lies in its diversity of voices and perspectives. Contributors include journalists, writers, scholars, visual artists, filmmakers, a former city planner, and a lawyer from across Canada, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. The pieces are beautifully written, reflective, and accessible. Notably, many reveal deeply unsettling truths. . . the message shared here is one of optimism and hope for change. Overall, this is an exceptional and important read.” —Melissa Hergott, Broken Pencil

In This Together is an extremely timely and thought-provoking collection of essays . . . a powerful volume.” —I Heart Edmonton blog