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Unsettling Canada

A National Wake-up Call

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A Canadian bestseller and winner of the 2016 Canadian Historical Association Aboriginal History Book Prize, Unsettling Canada is a landmark text built on a unique collaboration between two First Nations leaders.

Arthur Manuel (1951–2017) was one of the most forceful advocates for Indigenous title and rights in Canada; Grand Chief Ron Derrickson, one of the most successful Indigenous businessmen in the country. Together, they bring a fresh perspective and bold new ideas to Canada’s most glaring piece of unfinished business: the place of Indigenous peoples within the country’s political and economic space.

This vital second edition features a foreword by award-winning activist Naomi Klein and an all-new chapter co-authored by law professor Nicole Schabus and Manuel’s daughter, Kanahus, honouring the multi-generational legacy of the Manuel family’s work.

Contributors

Arthur Manuel

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.

Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson

Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson has been elected chief of his Westbank First Nation six times and is one of the most successful First Nations business people in Canada. He was made a Grand Chief by the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs in recognition of a lifetime of political and economic leadership.

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. She is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, a Puffin Writing Fellow at Type Media Center, from 2018-2021 she was the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair at Rutgers University. In September 2021 she joined the University of British Columbia as UBC Professor of Climate Justice.
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Forward to the Second Edition by Naomi Klein 3 $0.30

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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 … 12 $1.20

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Institutionalizing a People delves into Manuel’s arrest and month in jail at the age of 16 for train hopping in Calgary, and his reflections on how his time in jail reminded him of his time … 15 $1.50

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White Paper to Red Paper focuses on the White Papers created by Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chrétien in 1969, which was an attempt to abolish the Indian Act and Indian Status in Canada. The … 8 $0.80

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Occupy Indian Affairs follows Manuel’s activism in his youth as he turned away from working with the National Indian Brotherhood for more radical and anti-colonial activism. The chapter … 14 $1.40

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Aboriginal Title, No Surrender follows Manuel through his late youth and early adulthood as he met his wife, began to grow his family, and attended university and later law school. The chapter … 13 $1.30

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The Constitution Express follows the creation of the Constitution Express movement founded by Manuel between 1980-1981. The movement was a reaction to protest the lack of Indigenous rights in the … 11 $1.10

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Don’t Let them Bully You explores Manuel’s own reaction to the stagnation of the Indigenous people’s movement in Canada in the 1980’s, which happened despite the success … 16 $1.60

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A Chief’s Concerns focuses on Manuel’s perspective when he became Chief in 1995. The chapter focuses on the challenges Manuel faced as chief as well as the challenges faced by those … 13 $1.30

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Upping the Ante explores the nationwide reaction to the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) report and all 440 of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples recommendations amongst … 17 $1.70

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The Battle in the Forest discusses Manuel’s experiences working with and against B.C. forestry. The chapter explores how Indigenous people and lands bear the brunt of the logging’s … 12 $1.20

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Sun Peaks in Geneva follows Manuel’s time fighting against the Nippon Cable’s Sun Peaks development. The chapter explores the disregard for sustainability and respect to Indigenous … 17 $1.70

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Taking it to the Bank focuses on the Indigenous right to self-determination and to economic control over their own territories. 12 $1.20

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The Fourth World discusses the struggle to find justice on the international stage when it has been denied at home. This chapter focuses on the history of the idea of a “the Fourth … 12 $1.20

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Line of Defence focuses on Indigenous peoples’ role in acting as environmentalist across the world, as the children and the defenders of the land. The chapter explores activism against the … 16 $1.60

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No Half Measures explores Manuel’s belief that the 2010’s are seeing a rise in activism not seen since the Constitution Express where people are finally realizing who holds the key to … 14 $1.40

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Days of Protest explores the Idle No More movement in Canada. This chapter discusses the new grassroots spirit of activism of Idle No More, the Defenders of the Land, and the January 2013 Day of … 14 $1.40

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The End of Colonialism serves as the conclusion of Manuel’s work, and in it he highlights all the work still to be done but also celebrates some victories won by Indigenous people across … 5 $0.50

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Afterward by Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson. 6 $0.60

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New Afterword, written by Kanahus Manuel and Nicole Schabus. ; 15 $1.50

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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. ; ; 15 $1.50