As Canada recognized the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, Bob Joseph, author of the bestselling book '21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act,' reminded Canadians that reconciliation is something we all must "work hard on."
Joseph told The Sam Laprade Show on Sept. 30 that his book, which stemmed from a viral blog post, has been a blessing for the conversation on reconciliation.
There are many revealing facts in the book, and readers will learn about terminology, the difference between status and non-status Indians, and how women would lose their Indian status if they married non-Indigenous men.
Joseph explained that the idea for the initial blog came as he was running his business that helps governments and organizations work with Indigenous people. He realized that many Canadians weren't fortunate enough to be educated on the topics he teaches, so he started blogging to reach out to a broader group of people.
At the beginning of each workshop, Joseph said they have clients make a timeline with dates specific to Indigenous people; he found there was always a 70-year gap in information between 1868 to around 1970.
"If you look into the gap, you see, that's when residential schools were happening, and banning potlatches, and all of the things that were happening in the Indian Act," he said.
"If we want to be effective and reconcile and live together in the future in a great way, we really have to be on the same page in terms of history."
Listen to the full interview with Bob Joseph below: