Book Talking Back to the Indian Act by Mary-Ellen Kelm and Keith D. Smith.
Talking Back to the Indian Act is a comprehensive "how-to" guide for engaging with historical evidence. The book helps readers develop the skills necessary for conversing with primary sources in refined and profound ways. As a piece of legislation that is central to Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples and communities the Indian Act is uniquely positioned to act as a vehicle for this kind of focused reading.
Through an analysis for over thirty documents addressing governance gender enfranchisement and land the authors provide a deep understanding of this pivotal piece of legislation as well as insight into the dynamics involved in its creation and maintenance. The book includes a timeline maps and images.
MARY-ELLEN KELM is professor of History at Simon Fraser University.
KEITH D. SMITH teaches in the Departments of Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies and History at Vancouver Island University.