Pam Palmater reviews the first edition of her Reconciliation Book Club

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Image: Pamela Palmater. Used with permission.

Pamela Palmater's Reconciliation Book Club successfully launched with the first book club event last Saturday. The book club is her way to help people learn about reconciliation and Canada's First Nations in a safe and supportive space. To date, it has received almost 1,000 views and over 60 comments online, so it seems to have hit the right notes.

The first book she chose was Whose Land is it Anyway: A Manual for Decolonization published by the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators in B.C.  It is available for free download by clicking the link above. 

Here at rabble, we really like this idea and we've done some stories about it in the last couple of weeks. We were all curious about how it went, and her plans for future editions so Victoria Fenner, rabble's podcast exec producer gave her a call. Pam says it went very well, and yes, she plans to do more. Victoria talked to her on Tuesday of this week, two days ago.

Pam Palmater is a Mi'kmaw lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She teaches Indigenous law, politics and governance at Ryerson University and heads their Centre for Indigenous Governance. She also has a blog on

The next book for the Reconciliation Book Club review will be Karen Stote's An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women published by Fernwood Publishing. 

Image and audio clip: Pamela Palmater. Used with permission.

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