21 Things You May not Know About the Indian Act
by Bob Joseph
Publisher's description (Indigenous Relations Press, 2018): Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.
Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has shaped, controlled, and constrained the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many enduring stereotypes. Bob Joseph’s book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process, when awareness from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is at a crescendo. Joseph explains how Indigenous Peoples can step out from under the Indian Act and return to self-government, self-determination, and self-reliance—and why doing so would result in a better country for every Canadian. He dissects the complex issues around truth and reconciliation, and clearly demonstrates why learning about the Indian Act’s cruel, enduring legacy is essential for the country to move toward true reconciliation. Bob Joseph is a member of the Gwawaenuk First Nation.
Resource format: Non-Fiction History
Age recommendation: University
Keywords: Indian Act, stereotypes, reconciliation, Indian Act, policy, Canada, history, Truth and Reconciliation
Year of publication: 2018
Publisher information: Indigenous Relations Press
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