Join us for a four-part discussion of the book 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph.
We will meet four times, discussing an assigned section of the book at each meeting. We encourage participants to attend all sessions to fully benefit from the discussions!
These meetings will take place on Zoom, and registration is required. Please sign up at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsc-qspjwtHtBwuybpkuhxBb405AlXe8q2
This Book Club is presented in partnership with Squamish Public Library. Squamish residents can borrow copies of 21 Things from SPL!
About the book:
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.