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ISBN: 9780889229723 | paperback / softback

$19.95 | 240 pages | Pub. Date: 2016
5.5 W × 8.5 H × 1 D inches
Non-Fiction | Backlist | Bisac: SOC021000
ISBN 13: 9780889229723 | Rights: WORLD

Price Paid
The Fight for First Nations Survival
By Bev Sellars

Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival untangles truth from some of the myths about First Nations at the same time that it addresses misconceptions still widely believed today.
The second book by award-winning author Bev Sellars, Price Paid is based on a popular presentation Sellars created for treaty-makers, politicians, policymakers, and educators when she discovered they did not know the historic reasons they were at the table negotiating First Nations rights.
The book begins with glimpses of foods, medicines, and cultural practices North America’s indigenous peoples have contributed for worldwide benefit. It documents the dark period of regulation by racist laws during the twentieth century, and then discusses new emergence in the twenty-first century into a re-establishment of Indigenous land and resource rights. The result is a candidly told personal take on the history of a culture's fight for their rights and survival. It is Canadian history told from a First Nations point of view.

Awards and recognition for Bev Sellars’s They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School
− 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature
− 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature (third prize)
− Shortlisted for the 2014 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize (B.C. Book Prizes)
− More than 40 weeks on the B.C. bestsellers list

“Stern without being pessimistic … readable yet data-rich … The logical reaction to having no idea what to do about an ongoing tragedy in your own country is to put some effort into understanding where the problem came from. This book is a great place to start.”
Broken Pencil

“Bev Sellars does not mince words in her turbo-charged history lessons. … Price Paid is sometimes painful reading but it is necessary if we are to move forward as a country – First Nations and newcomers together – armed with knowledge and empathy.”
BC BookWorld

By Bev Sellars

Bev Sellars was chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia, for more than 20 years, and she now serves as a member of its Council. Sellars was first elected chief in 1987 and has spoken out on behalf of her community on racism and residential schools and on the environmental and social threats of mineral resource exploitation in her region.

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news | 2017-05-03
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news | 2017-02-10
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news | 2016-09-21
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news | 2016-09-06
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news | 2016-08-24
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