A Request From CFUW North and West Vancouver Issues and Advocacy Interest Group
Read to see how you can make a difference!
Here is a powerful book by a Canadian Indigenous author and advocate.
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
As we took part in the National Webinar from CFUW on April 15, 2021 we were reminded about CFUW ‘s North and West Vancouver’s Interest and Advocacy Group’s Session on Bob Joseph’s book, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
Each of the three speakers underlined the need for us to truly continue our learning and become truly knowledgable about the true history of Canada from an Indigenous point of view.
This study needs to continue and we need to find ways to make a difference.
Here is one more way an individual can take that first step.
Copy this pledge, sign it and post on your desk, a bulletin board or other place where friends and family can see it. Change starts with each step each person takes.
Copy this pledge and print!
Your Personal Pledge of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
I, ________________________, in the spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada, solemnly pledge:
- To learn more about Indigenous Peoples and issues.
- To continue to look forward to positive change for the situation of Indigenous Peoples.
- To find ways to address the Indigenous-related myths and misconceptions with my fellow Canadians.
- To not perpetuate stereotypes in my conversations or observations.
- To encourage others around me to keep reconciliation an ongoing effort.
- To actively encourage ongoing support of National Indigenous Peoples Day every June 21st for myself, my family, my community, and my colleagues
Additionally, if you have not read this book or listened to an interview, schedule it for sometime this Spring or Summer.
A link to an interesting interview:
Credit: Bob Joseph’s book: “21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act”
A National Bestseller
Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.
Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has shaped, controlled, 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 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.
WHEN YOU SIGN THIS PLEDGE, SEND AN EMAIL that says “I will seek to understand” TO firstname.lastname@example.org
We will add your name or your Club’s name to the Action Seeker’s list!