Book Launch: Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization

Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization 
showcases Indigenous resistance and resilience

KAMLOOPS – Indigenous academics and activists from Kamloops and across Canada are launching Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization. The handbook provides a variety of Indigenous perspectives on the history of colonialism, current Indigenous activism and resistance, and outlines the path forward to reconciliation. The Kamloops launch will be held on Monday, March 19th at 5:30 pm in the Mountain Room, Campus Activity Centre on the TRU campus.

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 Association President.

Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization will be available to the public for free as an e-book.   Two of the contributors, Russell Diabo and Jeffrey McNeil Seymour, will be speaking at the Monday, March 19th Kamloops launch event.


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Mar 19, 2018 at 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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