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Ronald Derrickson

Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson served as Chief of the Westbank First Nation from 1976 to 1986 and from 1998 to 2000. He was made Grand Chief by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs in 2012. Grand Chief Derrickson is one of the most successful Indigenous business owners in Canada.

Décoloniser le Canada: 50 ans de militantisme autochtone
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 12; University/College;

« Je ne souhaite pas célébrer un Canada qui vole nos terres. » C’est en ces termes que s’exprimait Arthur Manuel à la veille du début des célébrations autour du 150e anniversaire de la Confédération canadienne, quelque temps avant de rendre l’âme le 17 janvier 2017. Ce cri du coeur d’une des figures les plus importantes du réveil militant autochtone des 50 dernières années illustre à merveille ce que ce mouvement cherche à nous rappeler quotidiennement : il est temps d’en finir avec la nature coloniale de l’État canadien.Fruit d’une collaboration unique entre deux grands leaders et défenseurs des droits des Premières Nations, soit Arthur Manuel, militant et intellectuel de la nation Secwepemc, et le Grand Chef Ron Derrickson, six fois élu chef de bande de Westbank et un des entrepreneurs autochtones les plus prospères et respectés au pays, Décoloniser le Canada est d’abord le récit de cinquante ans de militantisme autochtone. Cinquante années pendant lesquelles nous avons assistées au réveil autochtone venu rappeler le triste sort réservé aux descendants des premiers habitants de ce pays.Dans ce récit narré au je par Arthur Manuel, un des plus réputés et ardents défenseurs de la cause autochtone sur les scènes nationale et internationale, on revient sur son parcours qui fut étroitement lié à ce que l’auteur et essayiste John Saul a qualifié de « grand retour » des Autochtones et de leurs luttes sur la scène politique. Récit qui retrace le parcours personnel et militant de Manuel, c’est aussi le portrait du renouveau des mouvements de lutte autochtone au pays depuis les années 1970. De la Paix des Braves à la Déclaration des Nations unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones, en passant par le rapatriement de la Constitution en 1982, la crise d’Oka ou les importants jugements de la Cour suprême ayant considérablement renforcé les revendications des peuples autochtones, on y revisite de grands pans de l’histoire canadienne des cinquante dernières années. Ouvrage de vulgarisation historique écrit dans une langue vivante et accessible, il est la porte d’entrée idéale pour quiconque souhaite s’ouvrir aux réalités autochtones, mais aussi revisiter notre passé récent.Ce livre sage, éclairant et tout à fait accessible ne peut que renforcer et approfondir notre compréhension des questions autochtones. Comme le résume bien Naomi Klein dans sa préface : « Entremêlant l’histoire et la politique aux récits personnels d’une famille haute en couleur, truffée de chefs et de guérisseurs, Arthur Manuel propose un tableau unique du douloureux parcours qui nous a conduits au contexte actuel. Son livre offre également un cours intensif sur les notions juridiques et les droits fondamentaux qui seront de précieux outils dans notre marche commune. »

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The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: University/College;

In this book Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson challenge virtually everything that non-Indigenous Canadians believe about their relationship with Indigenous Peoples and the steps that are needed to place this relationship on a healthy and honourable footing.

Manuel and Derrickson show how governments are attempting to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples without touching the basic colonial structures that dominate and distort the relationship. They review the current state of land claims. They tackle the persistence of racism among non-Indigenous people and institutions. They celebrate Indigenous Rights Movements while decrying the role of government-funded organizations like the Assembly of First Nations. They document the federal government's disregard for the substance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples while claiming to implement it. These circumstances amount to what they see as a false reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

Instead, Manuel and Derrickson offer an illuminating vision of what Canada and Canadians need for true reconciliation.

In this book, which Arthur Manuel and Ron Derrickson completed in the months before Manuel's death in January 2017, readers will recognize their profound understanding of the country, of its past, present, and potential future.

Expressed with quiet but firm resolve, humour, and piercing intellect The Reconciliation Manifesto will appeal to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who are open and willing to look at the real problems and find real solutions.

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Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Unsettling Canada, a Canadian bestseller, is built on a unique collaboration between two First Nations leaders, Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ron Derrickson.

Both men have served as chiefs of their bands in the B.C. interior and both have gone on to establish important national and international reputations. But the differences between them are in many ways even more interesting. Arthur Manuel is one of the most forceful advocates for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada and comes from the activist wing of the movement. Grand Chief Ron Derrickson is one of the most successful Indigenous businessmen in the country.

Together the Secwepemc activist intellectual and the Syilx (Okanagan) businessman bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to Canada’s most glaring piece of unfinished business: the place of Indigenous peoples within the country’s political and economic space. The story is told through Arthur’s voice but he traces both of their individual struggles against the colonialist and often racist structures that have been erected to keep Indigenous peoples in their place in Canada.

In the final chapters and in the Grand Chief’s afterword, they not only set out a plan for a new sustainable indigenous economy, but lay out a roadmap for getting there.

Reviews
“This is the back story of both grassroots and backroom struggles that created the context in which we find ourselves today, one in which a new generation of First Nations leaders is demanding sovereignty and self-determination, and more and more non-Indigenous Canadians finally understand that huge swaths of this country we call Canada is not ours - or our government's - to sell.”— Naomi Klein, from the Foreword

“Pragmatic and helpful, this is a timely book for our fraught and political moment”— Quill & Quire

"Unsettling Canada is a breathtakingly beautiful story of Indigenous resistance, strength, and movement building. Unsettling Canada echoes the power of George Manuel's The Fourth World, centering the heart of the narrative deep inside a kind of Indigenous intelligence rarely shared outside our communities. This is the critical conversation that Canada and Indigenous peoples must have because it is centred on land, and, therefore, it is one of the most important books on Indigenous politics I've ever read."— Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of Dancing on Our Turtle's Back

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This resource would be useful for courses in history, social justice, political science, and social studies.  Recommended for students in grades 10 to 12 or those at a college/university level.

CONTENTS
Foreword Naomi Klein
Chapter 1 The Lay of the Land
Chapter 2 Institutionalizing a People: Indian Hospital, School, Jail
Chapter 3 White Paper to Red Paper: Drawing the Battle Lines
Chapter 4 Occupy Indian Affairs: Native Youth in Action
Chapter 5 Aboriginal Title: No Surrender
Chapter 6 The Constitution Express: A Grassroots Movement
Chapter 7 Don’t Let Them Bully You: A Business Interlude
Chapter 8 A Chief’s Concerns: Finances, the People, and the Land
Chapter 9 Upping the Ante: RCAP and a Landmark Court Decision
Chapter 10 The Battle in the Forest: The Trade in Indian Trees
Chapter 11 Sun Peaks to Geneva: Playgrounds and Fortresses
Chapter 12 Taking It to the Bank: Accounting for Unpaid Debt
Chapter 13 The Fourth World: A Global Movement
Chapter 14 Line of Defence: Side by Side for Mother Earth
Chapter 15 No Half Measures: The Price of Uncertainty
Chapter 16 Days of Protest: Young Activists Come Together
Chapter 17 The End of Colonialism
Afterword Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson
Acknowledgements
Appendix United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Notes
Index

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288 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

 

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