That's when I became a freedom fighter.
Bill came into the world April 14, 1927. Denied Indian Status because his Kutenai mother married a non-native man, Bill’s experience of discrimination and displacement was a defining force. His fight for freedom began when he was jailed for vagrancy (being an Indian in an alley at night). After breaking out of jail, twice, he soon got involved in politics. His work for Indigenous Peoples' organizations, including co-founding the United Native Nations, spans more than 70 years.
I Pass The Torch To You.
Beatrice Elaine Silver
Beatrice Silver tells the story of her childhood as a Sto:lo girl in Sumas. Leaving home to live at Indian Residential School was an inevitable event, and all her older siblings had already been attending for many years. They never talked about the school but her brothers prepared her for it by teaching her boxing! This story allows the reader to walk in the little shoes of a girl who survived the infamous school by force of will; confidence in her family; and the strength of her identity.
Non-Status Indians and Canada
Tsayski (Ron George)
The colonial war is fought on many fronts: at home, on the land, in primary schools, in hospitals and universities, in court, and right inside the victims' own identities.
Ron George is the grandson of the great Wet'suwet'en leader Gisdayway, co-plaintiff in the famous Delgamuukw decision on Aboriginal title and rights. He was not a "Status Indian." Ron George (Tsaskiy) writes the history of his family's dispossession.