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Bob Joseph, founder of Indigenous Corporate Training, wrote a book based on a popular blog post that went viral in 2015. The book will be released in April.

21 things you may not know (but should)

Book offers comprehensive look at Indian Act

The Indian Act has, most would say - a long and sorry history in Canada. The restrictions it imposed have caused great cultural destruction and generational tragedy. For example, the Act:

  • denied women status
  • created reserves and then restricted First Nations from leaving the reserves without permission from Indian agent
  • allowed the government to lease out uncultivated reserve lands to non-First Nations if the new leaseholder would use it for farming or pasture
  • forbade First Nations from forming political organizations
  • and of course introduced residential schools

The good news is Canadians are becoming more aware of that history and wanting to know more.

A couple of years ago, when Indigenous Corporate Training published a blog post in June of 2015, called '21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act,' they received over 55,000 visitors to their website inside of the first month -- mostly people who had read a snippet on Facebook, and wanted to read the whole blog item. And people kept on visiting in the thousands, just to read that blog post. The folks at ICT decided to expand on the blog post, provide some references for the information, as well as offer ideas for reconciliation.

And that's how the book was born: 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act. (Distributor, Raincoast Books.) It was written by Bob Joseph, founder of ICT, and member of the Gwawaenuk Nation, who has provided training on Indigenous relations to governments and companies since 1994. He is a certified master trainer, former associate professor at Royal Roads University, and has a background in Business Administration and International Trade.

The book is available in April. To pre-order now, or for more information, click here.

The Indian Act, after over 140 years, continues to shape, control, and constrain the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many stereotypes that persist. Bob Joseph’s book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process, when awareness from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is increasing.

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. 

Looking forward to reading it!

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