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LPG FNIM Highlights Group Catalogue (Updated) 2020

Brotherhood to Nationhood
George Manuel and the Making of the Modern Indian Movement
2nd edition
By (author): Peter McFarlane By (author): Doreen Manuel Foreword by: Pamela Palmater
Peter McFarlane , Doreen Manuel ,

Foreword by :

Pamela Palmater


Between the Lines - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 01, 2020
$32.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.78 in | 514 gr

Page Count:

342 pages


19 B&W illustrations
Between the Lines
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / Indigenous
Biography: historical, political and military|Indigenous people: governance and politics|Pressure groups, protest movements and non-violent action
IPPY Award Gold Medalist, Canada-West, Best Regional Non-Fiction 2022, Winner
  • Short Description
George Manuel (1920–1989) was the strategist and visionary behind the modern Indigenous movement in Canada. Charged with fresh material and new perspectives, this updated edition of a groundbreaking biography brings Manuel and his fighting tradition into the present.

Charged with fresh material and new perspectives, this updated edition of the groundbreaking biography Brotherhood to Nationhood brings George Manuel and his fighting tradition into the present.

George Manuel (1920–1989) was the strategist and visionary behind the modern Indigenous movement in Canada. A three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, he laid the groundwork for what would become the Assembly of First Nations and was the founding president of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. Authors Peter McFarlane and Doreen Manuel follow him on a riveting journey from his childhood on a Shuswap reserve through three decades of fierce and dedicated activism.

In these pages, an all-new foreword by celebrated Mi'kmaq lawyer and activist Pam Palmater is joined by an afterword from Manuel’s granddaughter, land defender Kanahus Manuel. This edition features new photos and previously untold stories of the pivotal roles that the women of the Manuel family played – and continue to play – in the battle for Indigenous rights.

Peter McFarlane is an author, journalist, and editor. His books include Northern Shadows: Canadians in Central America and Ancient Land, Ancient Sky: Following Canada’s Native Canoe Routes. He currently lives north of Montreal and is engaged in a number of writing and editing projects.

Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa) comes from a long line of Indigenous oral historians and factual storytellers. She is an award-winning filmmaker and educator, the principal owner of Running Wolf Productions, and the director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University.

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She is a practicing lawyer and currently an Associate Professor and the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Toronto Metropolitan University. She has been recognized with many awards and honours for her social justice advocacy on behalf of First Nations generally, and Indigenous women and children specifically, and most recently for her work related to murdered and missing Indigenous women.

An essential companion book to Unsettling Canada, Brotherhood to Nationhood arrives at a critical moment in the fight for Indigenous sovereignty. As co-author of this updated edition, Doreen Manuel brings warmth, honesty, and insight to Peter McFarlane's incisive text. Here we see the unvarnished risks and great rewards of a lifetime of dedicated activism – as well as the lessons that front-line Indigenous communities today can carry forward.

- Naomi Klein, author of “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal”

Brotherhood to Nationhood is more than just a biography of the life of George Manuel; it demonstrates the roots of an Indigenous internationalism and political theory that is grounded in the ethics, knowledge, and practices of the Secwepemc people.”

- Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of As We Have Always Done

“As a chronicle of postwar Indigenous resistance—from the back-breaking work of organizing communities to the building of the Assembly of First Nations and the fight for Aboriginal rights—this book is unmatched in its detail. As a testament to the many Indigenous women, without whom none of this could have happened, whose hard labour in struggling to keep families alive empowered that generation of Indigenous men, this book is even more important. Finally, as an exploration of the vision and strategic brilliance of George Manuel, and the power of his leadership, Brotherhood to Nationhood is without parallel. To understand the strength and clarity of today’s Indigenous activists and theorists, we must begin with George Manuel.”

- Bonita Lawrence, chair of the Department of Equity Studies at York University

“We live in a time of colonial reconciliation amputated from truth, of extractive predation by the state and its citizenry, of denial and willful amnesia about Canada’s violent past and present. George Manuel’s decolonial vision speaks just as strongly today as during his lifetime, and it continues in the commitments of his family and his people. This new and expanded edition of Brotherhood to Nationhood reminds us of the transformative possibilities of a life’s work grounded in truth and a relentless commitment to decolonial justice. We need this book, more now than ever.”

- Daniel Justice, professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English at the University of British Columbia

“Peter McFarlane’s classic biography of George Manuel is an intimate and meticulously researched history of the leader and his life’s work, discussing the critically important subject of Indigenous land and liberation. An absolute must-read.”

- Glen Coulthard, associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia

“A gripping account of the life of a brilliant Indigenous leader whose vision remains a powerful blueprint for Canada’s unfinished business of decolonization. Like few books I know, it vividly conveys the sacrifices, rewards, and hard strategic choices involved in organizing for political change. The next generation of activists should read it to learn just how much we are indebted to the Manuel family’s legacy.”

- Martin Lukacs, journalist and author of The Trudeau Formula

“This second edition, with updated text co-written by Doreen Manuel, includes brand new insights, including the key role Indigenous women played in George Manuel’s story. Uplifting and inspirational, this book honours the legacy of a visionary political strategist, refreshing our collective memory on how to combine tact with toughness, organize effectively, build respectful relationships, live humbly, and to treat every step—either forward or backward—as a new learning experience in the larger struggle for Indigenous rights.”

- Sheryl Lightfoot, Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics

Brotherhood to Nationhood is a necessary and critical book to read for anyone, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who is interested in the life of George Manuel, one of the greatest contemporary Indigenous leaders in Canada and internationally.”

- Russell Diabo, member of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake and Indigenous policy analyst and activist

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