Reflective Journals

Reflective Journal Unit 1

Reflective Journal Unit 2

In 1994, Canadian General Roméo Dallaire, commander of the UN Mission in Rwanda, warned of possible mass murder of the Tutsi minority by Hutu extremists. Unheeded by the UN officials in New York, his warning became a reality, and as General Dallaire struggled to save lives, the UN withdrew nearly all his troops. In this 2003 film, Ted Koppel interviews General Romeo Dallaire, the leader of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Rwanda before and during the genocide. Dallaire provides viewers with an overview of the genocide and discusses the moral dilemmas of foreign intervention and the failure to prevent genocide.  General Dallaire shared his experiences and reflected on a genocide that he could not stop and cannot forget.

VIDEO INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT  A Good Man in Hell: General Romeo Dallaire and the Rwandan Genocide United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Write a 1-page reflection based on a quote of your choice from Dallaire's interview.  Begin your reflection by stating the quote you have selected.  Be sure to connect Dallaire's quote, and your analysis of it, to Unit 2 concepts, such as nationalism, dehumanization, organization, polarization, "universe of obligations", and "blind obedience".

Reflective Journal Unit 3

Select and write a 1-page reflection based on a single number (a number, data, or statistic from unit material) you found provocative from either our study of The Killing Fields of Cambodia, the Holodomor, or the Tribes of Darfur, Sudan.  Begin your reflection by stating the number you have selected.  Be sure to connect the number, and your analysis of it, to Unit 3 concepts, such as preparation, persecution, and extermination.

Reflective Journal Unit 4

In response to the settler colonial genocide in Canada, reconciliation must include _________________________ .

A helpful guideline to what "reconciliation" is according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada --


There is an emerging and compelling desire to put the events of the past behind us so that we can work towards a stronger and healthier future. The truth telling and reconciliation process as part of an overall holistic and comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy is a sincere indication and acknowledgement of the injustices and harms experienced by Aboriginal people and the need for continued healing. This is a profound commitment to establishing new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect that will forge a brighter future. The truth of our common experiences will help set our spirits free and pave the way to reconciliation.