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21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality
Written by: Bob Joseph
Narrated by: Sage Isaac
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: History, World
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Publisher's Summary

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. 

The Indian Act, after 141 years, continues to shape, control, and constrain the lives and opportunities of Indigenous peoples, and is at the root of many lasting stereotypes. 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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Bob Joseph (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Essentially Canadian - Must Read.

I took up this audiobook as part of my responsibility as a Canadian and it was well worth the listen and gives me a much better perspective on our future and our collective journey of reconciliation. Marcel

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Must Listen for Canadians

Well read piece that includes vital information the average person may not understand or be aware of as it relates to the Indian Act.

Would be valuable for a mature teenager as well.

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A version of history you did not learn in school.

Naration was on point with a good tone for what is a fairly. Gives better understanding of how Canadia's institutions lead to current aboriginal condition. Covers the various iterations of the Indian act on subjects like boarding schools, intoxicants, land and status.

In my opinion most canadians and Canada as a whole would benefit from listening/reading this.

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Very informative

Definitely a must read for Canadians especially as we work our way through reconsiliation. Listened to it all in one go.

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A book for all Canadians

This book reveals a part of Canadian history that continues to impact the country’s relationship with Indigenous people. If the average Canadian knew the information it contains, the Indian Act would be seen as a legislation which needs to be dismantled and replaced. The system it has built in First Nations communities confuses process and is a huge hinderance to self government. It is reminiscent of apartheid ideas in the former South Africa.

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Very Important <br />

This audiobook is very important to anyone wanting a look at Canada's Indian Act and the atrocities that came from it. The end is very good with the ideas of how to overcome this dark point in Canada's history.

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must read

very important information that everyone needs to read, especially Canadian! take the time, education yourself

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A must!

Required reading for all Canadians. We have much to learn, and in learning, we have much to correct, in our interactions and governance. K.A.