Unsettling Canada

Unsettling Canada

A National Wake-up Call

Book - 2015
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Unsettling Canada is built on a unique collaboration between two First Nations leaders, Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ron Derrickson. Both men have served as chiefs of their bands in the B.C. interior and both have gone on to establish important national and international reputations. But the differences between them are in many ways even more interesting. Arthur Manuel is one of the most forceful advocates for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada and comes from the activist wing of the movement. Grand Chief Ron Derrickson is one of the most successful Indigenous businessmen in the country. Together the Secwepemc activist intellectual and the Syilx (Okanagan) businessman bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to Canada's most glaring piece of unfinished business: the place of Indigenous peoples within the country's political and economic space. The story is told through Arthur's voice but he traces both of their individual struggles against the colonialist and often racist structures that have been erected to keep Indigenous peoples in their place in Canada.In the final chapters and in the Grand Chief's afterword, they not only set out a plan for a new sustainable indigenous economy, but lay out a roadmap for getting there.
Publisher: Toronto :, Between the Lines,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781771131766
Branch Call Number: 971.00497 MAN
Characteristics: xvii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Derrickson, Ronald M. - Author


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Jul 26, 2015

"As UN studies have concluded, recognition of our right to self-determination and our land rights are absolutely essential for the survival of our peoples... To Canadians who fear the changes that this will bring to this country, I can only say to them that there is no downside to justice. Just as there was no downside to abolishing slavery, to the winning of equal civil rights for blacks in Canada and the United States, to the emancipation of women. The moves away from the racism and misogyny in the past have only ennriched the lives of all of us. The same will happen when racist doctrines still in force against Indigenous peoples are replaced by recognition of our rights."

Jul 26, 2015

"In the fall of 2013, the UN sent its special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, James Anaya, to Canada to review the status of Indigenous peoples within the country's borders. As he was leaving the country, Anaya observed that the gap in well-being between Indigenous peoples and Canadians was not narrowing, and that Canada was heading toward a crisis with its Indigenous peoples. The world sees the coming train wreck if the government does not begin to take our title and rights to our lands seriously."

Jul 26, 2015

"According to the tenets of the doctrine of discovery, all that Europeans had to do to expropriate the lands in a region was to sail past a river mouth and make a claim to all the lands in its watershed. Our lands...were transformed into a British "possession," not only without our consent and without our knowledge, but also without a single European setting foot on our territory."


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Mar 03, 2016

This is an important book to read for anyone who wants to understand First Nations land rights and title. It is written in a personal and accessible way, by someone who has been a grass roots indigenous activist. It is another indictment of colonial style mentality and policies, but Arthur Manuel's perseverance and that of others leaves one with some optimism.

Jul 26, 2015

A good, detailed introduction to the struggle of Native people in Canada, mainly from about 1970 to the present. Connections are made to international efforts such as the development of the UN statement on the rights of indigenous peoples. While descriptions of some of the legal and political maneuvering get a little dry, the actual struggle remains exciting, and the unfair tactics used against Aboriginal Canadians by the federal government often horrifying. This book explains very clearly what Canadian Natives are fighting for, and what they are up against.
The Appendix provides the text of the United Nations statement on the rights of Indigenous peoples.

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