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category: Social Science
published: Mar 2019
ISBN:9780774838016
publisher: UBC Press

Assembling Unity

Indigenous Politics, Gender, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs

by Sarah A. Nickel

tagged: indigenous studies, post-confederation (1867-), feminism & feminist theory
Description

Established narratives portray Indigenous unity as emerging solely in response to the political agenda of the settler state. But unity has long shaped the modern Indigenous political movement. With Indigenous perspectives in the foreground, Assembling Unity explores the relationship between global political ideologies and pan-Indigenous politics in British Columbia through a detailed history of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. Sarah Nickel demonstrates that the articulation of unity was heavily negotiated between UBCIC members, grassroots constituents, and Indigenous women’s organizations. This incisive work unsettles dominant political narratives that cast Indigenous men as reactive and Indigenous women as apolitical.

About the Author

Sarah A. Nickel

Contributor Notes

Sarah A. Nickel is Tk’emlupsemc (Kamloops Secwépemc), French Canadian, and Ukrainian. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and has contributed to American Indian Quarterly and BC Studies.

Awards
  • Commended, Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History, Canadian Historical Association
  • Winner, Indigenous History Book Prize, Canadian Historical Association
Editorial Reviews

Assembling Unity is an important book. Sarah Nickel’s timely study of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs was shortlisted for the Canadian Historical Association’s 2020 Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize and was recently announced the winner of this year’s CHA Indigenous History Book Prize. Both accolades are much deserved.

— Ormsby Review

A rich examination of the work Indigenous political leaders and grassroots organizers did to negotiate unity as part of a longer history of political activism in the context of continued settler colonialism.

— Herizons, Fall 2019

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