A National Wake-up CallBook - 2015
As the son of George Manuel, who served as president of the National Indian Brotherhood and founded the World Council of Indigenous Peoples in the 1970s, Arthur Manuel was born into the struggle. From his unique and personal perspective, as a Secwepemc leader and an Indigenous activist who has played a prominent role on the international stage, Arthur Manuel describes the victories and failures, the hopes and the fears of a generation of activists fighting for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Unsettling Canada chronicles the modern struggle for Indigenous rights covering fifty years of struggle over a wide range of historical, national, and recent international breakthroughs.
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"As UN studies have concluded, recognition of our right to self-determination and our land rights are absolutely essential for the survival of our peoples... To Canadians who fear the changes that this will bring to this country, I can only say to them that there is no downside to justice. Just as there was no downside to abolishing slavery, to the winning of equal civil rights for blacks in Canada and the United States, to the emancipation of women. The moves away from the racism and misogyny in the past have only ennriched the lives of all of us. The same will happen when racist doctrines still in force against Indigenous peoples are replaced by recognition of our rights."
"In the fall of 2013, the UN sent its special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, James Anaya, to Canada to review the status of Indigenous peoples within the country's borders. As he was leaving the country, Anaya observed that the gap in well-being between Indigenous peoples and Canadians was not narrowing, and that Canada was heading toward a crisis with its Indigenous peoples. The world sees the coming train wreck if the government does not begin to take our title and rights to our lands seriously."
"According to the tenets of the doctrine of discovery, all that Europeans had to do to expropriate the lands in a region was to sail past a river mouth and make a claim to all the lands in its watershed. Our lands...were transformed into a British "possession," not only without our consent and without our knowledge, but also without a single European setting foot on our territory."
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