RMWB: It’s Time to Read Book Club exploring essential guide to the Indian Act

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RMWB: It’s Time to Read Book Club exploring essential guide to the Indian Act

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by ahnationtalk on May 18, 2022133 Views


(Fort McMurray, AB – May 17, 2022) – Join the It’s Time to Read Book Club in June as it commemorates National Indigenous History Month by reading 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph.

This essential guide is written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer and is a key to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous Peoples.

Starting June 1, the book club will explore a new topic each day about the Indian Act, leading up to National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.

Featuring the works and voices of Indigenous authors, the book club is a partnership of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and the Wood Buffalo Regional Library (WBRL) and is part of ongoing efforts to build more understanding and awareness of Indigenous culture, history, and current issues.

Through a virtual platform, book club members regularly explore and discuss story themes and share thoughts through discussion forums, polls, and other methods. All are welcome to join; however, it is important to note that books may contain adult content, including but not limited to adult language and themes, and violence.

Interested in joining the book club? Visit participate.rmwb.ca/it-s-time-to-read for more information and to subscribe.

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About 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

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 high point.

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.

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