Sea-to-Sky Book Club: 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

All Sea-to-Sky residents are invited to a four-part discussion of the book 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph.

We will meet four times, discussing an assigned section of the book at each meeting. Everyone is welcome to join this virtual reading group. Please be prepared to join all four sessions!

You can borrow a physical or electronic copy of the book from the Squamish Whistler, or Pemberton and District Public Libraries, or purchase a copy for yourself.

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About the Book

“This straightforward book is an invaluable resource. There is much for non-Indigenous people to learn and to do. But equally important, there is much to unlearn and to undo. The time is right for this book.”

(Shelagh Rogers)

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. The Indian Act, after 141 years, continues to shape, control, and constrain the lives and opportunities of Indigenous peoples, and is at the root of many lasting 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.

Event Details

This event finished on 28 October 2021