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In Canada, white supremacy is the law of the land


January 11, 2019

Indigenous leader and activist Arthur Manuel died unexpectedly earlier this year just as he was wrapping up work on his recently released book, The Reconciliation Manifesto, Recovering The Land, Rebuilding The Economy (with co-author Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson). Naomi Klein, who delivered the eulogy at Manuel’s funeral at Adams Lake Indian Band Community Centre on January 15, 2017 (and also contributed the preface to Manuel’s book), praises Manuel as a formidable activist and brilliant teacher. In this excerpt, Manuel writes about how the BNA Act that created Canada set the young country on the path to a “race-based democracy.”

Canada, as a society, is still in denial about its historical and current colonialism when it comes to Indigenous peoples, and how the country is still largely based on the white supremacism of its founding document, the British North America (BNA) Act. Colonialism is not a “behaviour” that can be superficially changed by a prime minister professing “sunny ways.” It is the foundational system in Canada.


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