Oc­cupy In­dian Af­fairs

Geist - - Findings - ARTHUR MANUEL

From Un­set­tling Canada: A Na­tional Wake-up Call. Pub­lished by Be­tween the Lines in 2015. Un­set­tling Canada won the 2016 Cana­dian His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion Abo­rig­i­nal His­tory Book Prize. Manuel is a mem­ber of the Neskon­lith In­dian Band of the Secwepemc Na­tion and the spokesper­son for the In­dige­nous Net­work on Economies and Trade. He lives in Kam­loops, BC. IAA stands for In­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Al­berta.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, I was not shy in speak­ing out and, some­how, when the elec­tion for a new Youth As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent was called, I ended up elected to the post. I think the group wanted to shed its univer­sity stu­dent im­age and en­gage more at the street level, like we had done

in Al­berta. In the board meet­ing af­ter­ward, we dis­cussed the planned In­dian Af­fairs takeover. After hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced the rapid fund­ing cut-off of the IAA in Al­berta when the as­so­ci­a­tion had stood up to the govern­ment, I warned the board that if we took over the Depart­ment of In­dian

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