This interactive learning workshop addresses the history of the Indian Act of 1876. The Indian Act, from the beginning, was envisioned as the tool that the Canadian Federal Government needed to solve the “Indian Problem” forever - extermination of the cultures by assimilation. This was the main objective. The Indian Act was an act of segregation, subjugation, and control of First Nations people. Early renditions of the Indian Act introduced several laws limiting freedom, prohibiting First Nations cultural expression, and denying basic levels of sovereignty and self-determination.
- Enhance awareness, understanding, and acknowledgement of truth telling.
- Enhance awareness and understanding of the history of Indigenous-Settler relations.
- Enhance awareness and understanding of the Indian Act, 1876 and its impact on First Nations.
- Enhance awareness and understanding of meaningful Reconciliation.
The workshop is free to register and attend.
Gerald Ratt/Ai’ssoo, B.A., M.A.
Specialist, Indigenous Initiatives (Indigenous Engagement)
University of Calgary
Carla Bertsch, MSW, RSW
Coordinator, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Support & Faculty of Social Work Sessional Instructor
University of Calgary
Bob Joseph is First Nations, or more specifically a Status Indian, and is a member of the Gwawaenuk Nation. He comes from a proud potlatch family and is an initiated member of the Hamatsa Society. As an author and co-author, Bob has contributed to a number of resources relating to working with Indigenous Peoples. He also manages a blog called "Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples, which is a resource that supports people in their Indigenous relations endeavors. Bob additionally has worked as an associate professor at Royal Roads University. He has an educational background in Business Administration and International Trade.
Participants who complete the 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act workshop (2 hours), will receive a participatory certificate, verifying that the participant has completed 2 hours of non-credit Professional Development.
Information is being developed and will be provided shortly.
21 things you may not know about the Indian Act, Bob Joseph