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  • Written by: Bob Joseph
  • Narrated by: Sage Isaac
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (646 ratings)

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21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

Written by: Bob Joseph
Narrated by: Sage Isaac
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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.

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.

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

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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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An essential book.

Its an insightful book, with lots of great points. I just can't get behind the solutions at the end. No government since the beginning of time has had the power to create. The power to create comes from sovereign individuals with tremendous will-power. No governing body is going to be able to appologise and reconcile without causing more harm and interference. Its like trying to get back together with an abusive partner.

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essential reading

I hope proceeds are going to indigenous people, although it should really be free to everyone, because everyone needs to know.

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Getting Past the Indian Act

This book clearly explains how different parts of the Indian Act have affected and harmed Indigenous Canadians for over a hundred years now. Bob Joseph does a good job explaining why white men made the decisions they did -leading to massive disastrous & negative consequences for the Indigenous people of Canada. Plans for reconciliation and future growth are also described. Sage Issac did a great job narrating .

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A must read/listen for all Canadians

As part of what I can do to participate in reconciliation, this was another great education on our countries history with its indigenous peoples

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When I read 21 Things...

I discovered that literally everything I thought I knew was wrong, or the truth had been skewed into something unrecognizable. Many parts of this are "hard to hear" but I learned. Many parts I had to listen to several times to truly grasp. Very grateful for this book, the author and the reader..

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Very Important

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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AN INFORMATIVE, INSIGHTFUL, AND IMPORTANT BOOK!

This is a great starting point for anyone who wants to understand the federal government's role in embedding systemic racism in indigenous policy in Canada. It is a stark reminder of the dangers of perpetuating false narratives in our society and how that leads to oppression and disenfranchisement. it also serves as a good argument 4 self-governance and self-determination for indigenous people.

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An Eye Opener

Not being from the Indigenous community I knew nothing of this. My God how could you treat people like this. The Indigenous community has good reason not to trust the white man. And yes I'm white.

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need to know

Amy productive conversation needs to start with the knowledge in this book. It sickens me to be "educated" in BC and yet we only scratch the surface of the facts needed to be common place in order for reconciliation.

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