The CapU Alumni Association is introducing our very first Learning Circle.

Indigenous person on campus

Join other alumni as we read through 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, moderated and led by David Kirk, Capilano University's First Nations Advisor for Indigenous Student Services.

A link will be sent via email after you sign up to join our private group on CapU Connect, where we can share thoughts and ask questions.

Introducing our first Learning Circle book

Cover of book, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act


21 Things You Didn't Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality


Bob Joseph

About the book

Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.

Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has shaped, controlled, and constrained the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many enduring stereotypes. Bob Joseph's book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process, when awareness from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is at a crescendo.

Joseph explains how Indigenous Peoples can step out from under the Indian Act and return to self-government, self-determination and self-reliance - and why doing so would result in a better country for every Canadian.

He dissects the complex issues around truth and reconciliation and clearly demonstrates why learning about the Indian Act's cruel, enduring legacy is essential for the country to move toward true reconciliation.

Frequently Asked Questions

The CUAA Truth and Reconciliation Learning Circle will start September 30, 2021 (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) and go until November 4, 2021.

After registering in the link above, we will send out a survey to ask for everyone's availability. We will confirm dates and times with all registrants at the beginning of September.

If the day and time selected do not work for you, we welcome you to still participate through our private Learning Circle group on CapU Connect to participate in weekly questions and discussions online. Instructions to join the private group will be sent via the email you used to sign up.

No, this book club is free, but you will need to find your own copy of the book.

Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them. If you are in the greater Vancouver area, we recommend checking out Massy Books, a local and Indigenous-owned book store.

We understand life gets busy and the unexpected comes up. To get the most out of this experience we prefer participation at our weekly online meetings.

If you struggle to even find time to read, we recommend the audible version of the book. It is a great opportunity to get more from your daily commute or while you run your everyday errands.

If you would like to participate but the day and time do not work, you are still welcome to join our private group to post your questions and participate in the group discussions. Please send us an email after you sign up to let us know.

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