This Thursday January 14th at 7:30pm EST, we are hosting (via webcast) Thomas King, author of The Inconvenient Indian, in conversation with our Amnesty International Canada campaigner Craig Benjamin. This conversation springs from The Amnesty International Book Club’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Selection, The Inconvenient Indian. Whether or not you’ve read the book, you’ll want to join this webcast for this sure-to-be fascinating discussion. To help participants start considering The Inconvenient Indian’s themes, regardless of whether they have read the book, Here are four important questions from the book club discussion guide at AmnestyBookClub.ca.
Whether you have or have not read the book, everyone is welcome to this live and online event.
Questions from the Inconvenient Indian Discussion Guide
1) Why do you feel The Inconvenient Indian won the Amnesty International Book Club’s 2015 Reader’s Choice vote?
2) When King discusses the Indian removal legislation and the over 4000 lives lost on the Trail of Tears, he compares it to a Twin Towers moment. How does this comparison of a past tragedy to a more recent tragedy make the history become more real?
3) How was your perception challenged by King’s discussion of Dead Indians, Live Indians and Legal Indians?
4) King shares multiple occasions of treaties being abused, worked around and generally ignored. Considering the human rights action of Site C and Treaty 8, is history a patter that will always repeat itself?
Be sure to register for this week’s event! The webcast is online, live and free. Reserve your spot at our webcast registration page.
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