In recent news coverage of clashes between indigenous groups and the Canadian government, we have been seeing more of the term “settler.”

While it seems like a neutral term to denote “someone who has settled in a new place,” its usage has been politicized. What does the term mean, and should we be skeptical about how it is deployed?

True North’s Lindsay Shepherd gives you the overview.

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Lindsay holds an M.A. in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has been published in The Post Millennial, Maclean’s, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, and Quillette.

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