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21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act by Bob Joseph (2018)

21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act by Bob Joseph (2018)

Posted by Sabrina on July 18, 2019

In the spirit of Indigenous Peoples Day, I took the opportunity to read 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act, a contemporary view of the colonial relic which still plagues the First Nation people today. Joseph’s book puts to rest the question of, if systemic racism of kill the Indian and save the man, was a historic policy. In fact, he goes on to demonstrate how this Act has maintained the dismissal, assimilation policy, and racism paradigms in the Canadian social fabric. In a time of the TRC and political will to provide reconciliation, 21 Things provides a solid dialogue on the Truth of the act and where Canada should be heading in order to walk the talk of Reconciliation.

21 Things is a quick read, set up in short vignettes on topics, aimed to answer questions about the Act, policy, and its implementation over its 143 year tenure. Of special note is the closing appendix which provides quotes from the writing and speeches of Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister and Duncan Campbell Scott, Indian Agent and Deputy Superintendent of the Dept of Indian Affairs.

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The Changeling by Gail Gallant

The Changeling by Gail Gallant

Posted by Jennifer on July 5, 2019

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Gale Health & Wellness Resource Centre

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Posted by Ashley on July 2, 2019

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Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 by checking out some films from the library.

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 by checking out some films from the library.

Posted by Andrea on June 20, 2019

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Head for the Hills: books to inspire outdoor adventure!

Head for the Hills: books to inspire outdoor adventure!

Posted by Allison on June 5, 2019

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Ancestry Library Edition: What does your past hold?

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Posted by Ashley on May 28, 2019

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Earth Day Read: Reducing Plastic

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Posted by Emma on April 22, 2019

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