The Reconciliation Manifesto

The Reconciliation Manifesto

Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Arthur Manuel discusses how the government should address the basic colonial structures that dominate and distort the relationship with Indigenous peoples before reconciliation can occur. He looks at the current state of land claims, the persistence of racism among non-Indigenous people and institutions, decries the role of government-funded organizations like the Assembly of First Nations, and highlights the government's disregard for the substance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He offers his vision of what is needed for true reconciliation.
Publisher: Toronto :, James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781459409613
Characteristics: 312 pages : illustrations, maps
Additional Contributors: Derrickson, Ronald M.


From Library Staff

Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize Winner, 2018

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Feb 14, 2018

I don't think we're ever going to change this country unless more "settler" Canadians read books like this. It's straightforward and often repetitive, but what it says is powerful. Successive Canadian governments have been trying to ignore not just what their various Commissions and studies have told them, but what is written in our own Constitution: "The existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed." That means they have title to their lands and the right to self determination. What Canadian governments have been practicing is neocolonialism. They have been trying to bribe frequently impoverished First Nations to trade title to their land in exchange for government services or promises of economic development. The current government talks a lot about "reconciliation", but the word is meaningless if you don't follow your own Constitution. The Liberals also signed the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and then decided that what it said had no meaning for them. Empty promises. You can't have a moral country by acting immorally. It's going to take a lot of courage and openness to change this relationship, but as Manuel writes, "It can be a liberation for you as well as for us." Indeed, maybe we can finally be the country we think we are.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at MPL

To Top