Unsettling Canada – A National Wake Up Call – Idle No More

By Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson 

Foreword by Naomi Klein  

“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 Nations leaders is demanding sovereignty and self-determination, and more and more non-Indigenous Canadians finally understand that huge swaths of this country we call Canada is not ours—or our government’s—to sell.” – Naomi Klein, from the Foreword

DSC_2455.jpegAs 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.

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.

Upcoming Events


 TORONTO May 12 – Venue tbc

Tuesday May 12th, 2015 This will be a major event with Naomi Klein, likely at Ryerson University, in the heart of downtown Toronto. 

WINNIPEG May 14 – McNally Robinson bookstore

Monday May 14th, 2015 from 7:00pm–9:00pm at McNally Robinson Winnipeg – 1120 Grant Avenue (attached to Grant Park Mall)

SASKATOON  May 1 – McNally Robinson bookstore

Sunday May 17th, 2015 from 2:00pm at McNally Robinson 3130-8th Street East, 8th Street (at Circle Drive)

EDMONTON  May 21 – University of Alberta

Thursday May 21st, 2015 – Telus Centre Atrium. This event is being organized by the very distinguished writer and scholar Dr. Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez, an Associate Professor of both the Department of Political Science and Native Studies at the U of Alberta. 

VANCOUVER May 27 – UBCIC Vancouver Office 

Wednesday May 27th, 2015 – UBCIC Vancouver Office, 500 – 342 Water Street, Vancouver

Thursday May 28th, 2015 – Vancouver Public Library, Central Library – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver


Paperback / softback, 320 pages
ISBN 9781771131766
Coming April 2015

 Between the Lines Books website here: https://btlbooks.com/book/unsettling-canada