Rachel George, alumnus of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, is nominated for the UvA 2014 Thesis Prize. In 2013 she graduated with her thesis Not Just an Indigenous Problem: The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Efforts of Reconciliation.
The Canadian George examined the strength and feasibility of Canada’s latest endeavor in reconciliation and drew attention to where the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been benefiting indigenous peoples, and where it has become a manifestation of affirmative repair. Dating back to the 19th century, children from Aboriginal children were taken away from their homes and put into church-run ‘Residential Schools’. Many cases of varying abuse against these children were reported. The last school was closed in 1996. The Truth and Reconciliation Committee is instructed to learn the truth about what has happened in the Residential Schools and to inform all Canadians about its findings.
After her graduation George has started to work as research coordinator at the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.
Out of 64 submissions the jury has nominated 11 students. The UvA 2014 Thesis Prize is the price for the best and most original scientific achievement. It is an additional distinction to the university diploma and comes with a cash award: €3,000 for first place, €2,000 second place, and €1,000 third place.
The chairman of the jury, prof. dr. Han van Dissel, will announce the winner on 24 May 2014.