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THE DEFENDER: Lesley Martel 

Lesley Martel has been a resident of Stayner in Clearview Township for 19 years. Before moving to the area she was a reference librarian in Toronto. She and her husband had an art gallery and were enthusiastic supporters of local artists and environmental and social causes. Her choice of title reflects her belief that by understanding our past and our roles in it, for good or bad, we can ensure that the country we love evolves into its fullest self. Lesley is looking forward to defending her title and participating in such a great event.




THE BOOK: 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph

Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer. Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has shaped, controlled, and constrained the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many enduring stereotypes. Bob Joseph’s book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process when awareness from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is at a crescendo. Joseph explains how Indigenous Peoples can step out from under the Indian Act and return to self-government, self-determination, and self-reliance–and why doing so would result in a better country for every Canadian. He dissects the complex issues around truth and reconciliation and clearly demonstrates why learning about the Indian Act’s cruel, enduring legacy is essential for the country to move toward true reconciliation. (Google Books)