The Lay of the Land
From: Unsettling Canada
The Lay of the Land serves as an introduction to the book’s author, Arthur Manuel. In this chapter Manuel introduces himself and his home of Neskonlith in the Secwepemc territory of British Columbia as well as provides a brief history of colonization in this region to the present day.
Arthur Manuel fought for decades for Indigenous land and human rights in Canada and internationally. He participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from its inception in 2002 and served as spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET) from 2003 to 2016. Working through INET, Manuel succeeded in having the struggle for Aboriginal title and treaty rights injected into international financial institutions, setting important precedents for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Manuel was a spokesperson for the Defenders of the Land.