21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

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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, Bob Joseph. 


BCBPlogo-gold-winner-sticker-85px-centred.pngWinner of the 2019 Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award!


The Indian Act, after over 140 years, continues to shape, control, and constrain the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many stereotypes that persist. 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 provides an incredible glimpse into the lengths the Canadian Government took to limit Indigenous peoples from achieving health, wealth, and cultural connections through the Indian Act. That much of this is still legal today is baffling, as he provides examples of how assimilation at all costs is still the end goal of the Indian Act. Canada still has much work to do to achieve reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and as Bob says 'to dismantle the Indian Act once and for all'."


Ginger Gosnell-Myers · Manager, Aboriginal Relations, City of Vancouver