Re School Decried For Assigning Residential-School Class To White Professor (May 12): As a Canadian of Ojibwe, Métis and European ancestry, along with a PhD specializing in Canadian military history, I am appalled and disappointed with the notion that only Indigenous people can teach Indigenous history. By all accounts, with her specialization in Indigenous history and research record, Prof. Martha Walls is eminently qualified to teach the subject.
To illustrate the absurdity of this view, reverse the situation and ask if it makes sense to suggest that I cannot teach or research Canadian military history because of my Indigenous background. Furthermore, the use of the term “settler scholar” is not simply descriptive, but has a pejorative connotation. Its use should cease immediately. Bertram C. Frandsen Ottawa