One has to wonder why by 2017 not much has changed since the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People published a report in 1996 that included a 20-year agenda for implementing changes. It remains to be seen whether or not the Truth and Reconciliation process will finally prompt some real change. Bev Sellars, former chief of the Xat’sull First Nation near Williams Lake, BC, knows what has to change and it starts with the repeal of the 1876 Indian Act. In her first book, They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School, Sellars lays bare the horror perpetrated on Aboriginal children and families by organized religions and complicit governments. The book spent a staggering 40 weeks on the BC bestseller list.
Her second book, Price Paid, is an eye-opening history of Canada’s Aboriginal people that differs dramatically from that found in conventional history books: mandatory reading for anyone who has ever asked the question “why?”