Reconciliation Manifesto

Reconciliation Manifesto

Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy

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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto :, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781459409613
Branch Call Number: 305.897 MAN
Characteristics: 312 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Derrickson, Ronald M. - Author


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Feb 14, 2018

I don't think we're ever going to change this country unless more "settler" Canadians read books like this. It's straightforward and often repetitive, but what it says is powerful. Successive Canadian governments have been trying to ignore not just what their various Commissions and studies have told them, but what is written in our own Constitution: "The existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed." That means they have title to their lands and the right to self determination. What Canadian governments have been practicing is neocolonialism. They have been trying to bribe frequently impoverished First Nations to trade title to their land in exchange for government services or promises of economic development. The current government talks a lot about "reconciliation", but the word is meaningless if you don't follow your own Constitution. The Liberals also signed the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and then decided that what it said had no meaning for them. Empty promises. You can't have a moral country by acting immorally. It's going to take a lot of courage and openness to change this relationship, but as Manuel writes, "It can be a liberation for you as well as for us." Indeed, maybe we can finally be the country we think we are.

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