Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has dictated and constrained the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many enduring 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 examines how Indigenous Peoples can 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 the Indian Act, and demonstrates why learning about its cruel and irrevocable legacy is vital for the country to move toward true reconciliation
The Indian Act
Part 1 - Dark Chapter
Resistance is Futile
"They rose against us"
And Its Days Are Numbered
Part 2 - Dismantling the Indian Act
If Not the Indian Act, Then What?
Looking Forward to a Better Canada
Appendix 1 - Terminology
Appendix 2 - Indian Residential Schools: A Chronology
Appendix 3 - Truth and Reconciliation Commision of Canada: Calls to Action
Appendix 4 - Classroom Activities, Discussion Guide, and Additional Reading
Appendix 5 - Quotes from John A. Macdonald and Duncan Campbell Scott