Unsettling Canada

Unsettling Canada

A National Wake-up Call

Book - 2015
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As the son of George Manuel, who served as president of the National Indian Brotherhood and founded the World Council of Indigenous Peoples in the 1970s, Arthur Manuel was born into the struggle. From his unique and personal perspective, as a Secwepemc leader and an Indigenous activist who has played a prominent role on the international stage, Arthur Manuel describes the victories and failures, the hopes and the fears of a generation of activists fighting for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Unsettling Canada chronicles the modern struggle for Indigenous rights covering fifty years of struggle over a wide range of historical, national, and recent international breakthroughs.

Publisher: Toronto :, Between the Lines,, 2015
ISBN: 9781771131766
Branch Call Number: ANF 971.00497 MAN
Characteristics: xvii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Nov 23, 2019


She break down some of the laws and policies impacting Indigenous peoples, including major reports, court cases and United Nations findings related to Canada. She also talk about some of the core social issues facing First Nations. Please support independent native media by watching, sharing and subscribing!

PAM PALMATER : Indigenous Nationbuilding & Community Relations, Top 25 Most Influential Movers & Shakers - Financial Post Power List

Teaching; research & publication; report writing; strategic planning & advice; support & negotiation in Indigenous legal, political & governance matters; public speaking; training/information sessions; advocacy; and media commentary.

Specialties: Laws and policies impacting First Nations, inherent, Aboriginal & treaty rights (including lands & resources), human rights (domestic & international),

squib Mar 14, 2018

If you live in Canada, and want to learn how Native communities and Settlers will move forward together, to our mutual benefit. Hint: hold policy makers accountable. Why do the successive governments of Canada continue to defy their own commissions, supreme court, and constitution? It illustrates the heart of the problem, though, doesn't it.

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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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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