Occupy Indian Affairs
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