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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 Read For Every Canadian

This is a must-read for anyone who is not intimately aware of the Indian Act, it is incredibly eye-opening. It is also presented in such a way that it is easy to understand and lets you think about the information. Highly recommend.

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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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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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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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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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thank you for this book.

AN ABSOLUTE MUST LISTEN / READ FOR EVERY CANADIAN ! ! I hope to see a second third and fourth book to reflect whats been done and what has been ignored so far and to keep awareness in the canadian public / media and popular opinion of us voters.

thank you for this book.

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Very informative (albeit textbook-like) summary of the Indian Act

If you’re new to the topic of the Indian Act there’s tons to learn. But even if you’re a history teacher like me, there are a lot of lesser known details and anecdotes that help set the historical context for this piece of legislation. The author does a great job presenting facts objectively about the history without providing too much in terms of political persuasion. But this even-keeled objectivity is taken to such a point that the work reads like a textbook. Sadly what could’ve been a must-recommend book to everyone I know is held back slightly by its list-like structure. Even some of the driest topics I’ve ever read were written with style that could make information come to life. The author seems to have chosen to just make this book a list of historical facts and that can be useful in its own way. I fear that this will be a book many people “read” but don’t finish. But despite that I would encourage any Canadian to fight through it because this history is very much worth knowing.

This last point is totally aside to the quality of this very informative book. The narration is some of the weakest I’ve ever heard in my years with Audible. It often sounds like a high school student being forced to begrudgingly present a reading in front of class. Usually when the reading is less than stellar (most audible narrators are fantastic) it’s because the author has elected to read it themselves. Which is why I was stunned to see that this was not the author and presumably a professional narrator. I know the textbook style writing is not ideal for a great audible performance. But even so, what may already be considered somewhat of a slog to read through is made even worse by the monotonous reading.

Nonetheless I would like to re-affirm that if you consider yourself to be a Canadian who cares about improving the country and indigenous relations the book is a must read/listen.

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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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