On Monday, March 19th the TRUFA Human Rights Committee was pleased to host the Kamloops book launch of ‘Whose Land Is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization’. The event was a wonderful success and included FPSE President George Davison, TRUFA Human Rights Committee Chair, Nicole Schabus, FPSE’s Sharon McIvor and contributors Kanahus Manuel and Russ Diabo.
‘Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization’ provides a variety of Indigenous perspectives on the history of colonialism, current Indigenous activism and resistance, and outlines the path forward to reconciliation.
The handbook was produced by the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE), after a speaking tour by Arthur Manuel in 2016, undertaken less than a year before his untimely passing in January 2017. Manuel, described as the Nelson Mandela of Canada, contributed two essays to the book. Other renowned Indigenous contributors include: Taiaiake Alfred, Glen Coulthard, Russell Diabo, Beverly Jacobs, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Kanahus Manuel, Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour, Pamela Palmater, Shiri Pasternak, Nicole Schabus, Senator Murray Sinclair, and Sharon Venne.
“As we continue to move through the process of decolonization and
reconciliation in our post-secondary institutions, and our communities, we are honoured and grateful to promote Indigenous academics and authors through this book,” said FPSE President George Davison. “Our federation was privileged to be a part of Arthur Manuel’s work with post-secondary educators in BC, and our hope is that this collection of essays will help carry on his legacy.”
Nicole Schabus, co-editor of the volume and the chair of the TRU Faculty Association’s Human Rights Committee says, “This manual is a real gift. The
contributors share their personal experiences with decolonization that serve
as an opportunity for others to learn and to have the courage to move
forward through this process themselves.”
“This volume will help both Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators and
their students understand the history of colonization in Canada. The
contributors provide a valuable perspective on what decolonization and
reconciliation can mean for our country,” says Tom Friedman, TRU Faculty
Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization is available free to the public as an e-book here: