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21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada

In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, the NIC Library & Learning Commons will be highlighting the bestselling book 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph, a member of the Gwawaenuk Nation. The book is available for borrowing at each of our four campus libraries.

For the first 21 days of June we will be sending a link to each of the 21 things Joseph identifies in the book.

We will also be celebrating the work of Indigenous authors by featuring displays for the month of June at all NIC campus libraries.

Our hope is that we can use these projects as a way to engage with the reconciliation process and learn about our history.



Bob Joseph is the founder and President of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. He has provided training on Indigenous relations since 1994, and works with both Canadian and international clientele.

Bob has worked as an associate professor at Royal Roads University and has routinely been a guest lecturer at other academic institutions. He has an educational background in Business Administration & International Trade and is a certified Master Trainer.

Bob is an Indigenous person, more specifically a Status Indian. He is an initiated member of the Hamatsa Society and has inherited a chief's seat in the Gayaxala (thunderbird) clan, first clan of the Gwawa'enuxw.  

In addition to 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, Bob Joseph is the author or co-author of the following books and resources relating to working with Indigenous Peoples:

  • Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips, and Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality - TBR Spring 2019
  • Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples, 4th Edition
  • Aboriginal Community Engagement: Handbook for the British Columbia & Yukon Chamber of Mines

This biography and accompanying image are adapted from the Indigenous Corporate Traning Inc. website

Press play below below to hear the author discuss 21 Things in a podcast with Gloria Macarenko, CBC

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