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Unsettling Canada
A National Wake-Up Call
By Arthur Manuel and
Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson
A heart wrenching story. . . 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 Nation leaders is demanding
sovereignty and self-determination Naomi Klein, from the Foreword
Unsettling Canada 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 Canadas most
glaring piece of unfinished business: the place of Indigenous peoples within
the countrys political and economic space. The story is told through Arthurs
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.

Unsettling Canada:
A National Wake-Up Call
ISBN 978-1-77113-176-6
April 2015
Soft cover, 320 pages
Indigenous Studies |
Environment & Sustainability |
Current Affairs

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

Arthur Manuel has participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues since its inception
in 2002. Since 2003, he has served as spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET).
Working through INET, Manuel succeeded in having the struggle for Aboriginal title and treaty rights injected into
international financial institutions, setting important precedents for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Manuel
is a spokesperson for the Defenders of the Land.
Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson has been elected chief of his Westbank First Nation six times and is one of the
most successful First Nations business people in Canada. He was made a Grand Chief by the Union of British
Columbia Indian Chiefs in recognition of a lifetime of political and economic leadership.

Praise for Unsettling Canada

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.
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 Ive ever read. Leanne Betasamosake
Simpson, author of Dancing on Our Turtles Back
First Nations peoples have become the leaders in the fight against Stephen Harpers war on nature and this book
shows us the way forward. Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
To read this book. . . is to go through an emotional rollercoaster of disillusionment, despair, flinty resolve, and,
finally, growing hope, building to a present in which the struggle for their rights continues. This is not history
buried in the past, it is going on right now and as Canadians we are all a part of it. James Cameron, filmmaker
I cannot recommend this book too highly. . . Everyone in Canada should read this book; if they did we might
become a better country! peter kulchyski, Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba
In the often difficult conversation about Indigenous politics in Canada, [Unsettling Canada] offers us shade to
reflect on our past and consider the future. This is a rigorous but very accessible and vitally important book.
Hayden King, Anishinaabe writer, educator, and activist
Unsettling Canada should be truly unsettling to many Canadians. Drew Hayden Taylor, author of Me Funny
and Me Sexy
Offering many organizing lessons, this book is a frank and inspiring call to action in support of Indigenous
sovereignty, including building alliances with and involvement of non-Indigenous people, whose future is
inseparable from Indigenous struggles for the realization of inherent rights to self-determination. Sheila
Wilmot, PhD, author of Taking Responsibility, Taking Direction: White Anti-Racism in Canada
Unsettling Canada is an insightful and articulate account of the challenges governments and Aboriginal people
face in resolving disputes between them. William Wicken, Professor of History, York University
No book of which Im aware has ever conveyed with such clarity the continuities of voice and principle across
generations in the Fourth World struggle for self-determination. Ward Churchill, author of Struggle for the
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Authors Tour
Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson
May 12 , 7:00 p.m.
Ryerson University
Library Building
350 Victoria Street
Panel discussion with Arthur Manuel, Grand Chief Derrickson, Naomi Klein,
hosted by Hayden King
May 14 and 15
May 14, 7:00 p.m.
McNally Robinson bookstore
1120 Grant Avenue
Winnipeg, MB. R3M 2A6.

Phone: 204-475-0483
May 15, Time tbc
Venue: Winnipeg indian and Metis friendship Centre
45 Robinson St, Winnipeg, MB R2W 5H5
(204) 586-8441
May 15
Neechi Niche, 7:00 p.m.
865 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(204) 949-1338
May 16, Time: tbc
First Nation University of Canada
First Nations Way, Regina, SK S4S 7K2
(306) 790-5950
May 17, 2 pm
Venue: McNally Robinson bookstore
3130-8th Street East
8th Street at Circle Drive

Saskatoon, SK. S7H 0W2

Phone: 306-955-3599
May 21, 2 p.m.
The venue is Athabasca Hall, Room 227
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R1
Dr. Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez will host the event.
May 27 and 28
May 27, Time tbc
UBCIC Vancouver Office
500 - 342 Water Street
Vancouver, BC V6B-1B6
Ph: 604.684.0231
Event: Press conference
May 28, 7:00 pm
Venue: Vancouver Public Library
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 6B1
Phone: 604-331-3603

For final time confirmations and other questions regarding the tour, please contact Peter
McFarlane at pmfarlane@me.com.

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