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Price Paid
The Fight for First Nations Survival
By (author): Bev Sellars
9780889229723 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies Aug 26, 2016
$19.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 1 in 240 pages Talonbooks
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

Bev Sellars is a former Chief and Councillor of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia. First elected chief of Xat’sull in 1987, a position she held from 1987-1993 and then from 2009-2015. She also worked as a community advisor for the BC Treaty Commission. Ms. Sellars served as the representative for the Secwepemc communities on the Cariboo Chilcotin Justice Inquiry in the early 1990s. Ms. Sellars has spoken out on racism and residential schools and on the environmental and social threats of mineral resources exploitation in her region.

Ms. Sellars is the author of They Called Me Number One, a memoir of her childhood experience in the Indian residential school system and its effects on three generations of women in her family, published in 2013 by Talon Books. The book won the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness, was shortlisted for the 2014 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Her book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival, published in 2016 by Talon Books, looks at the history of Indigenous rights in Canada from an Indigenous perspective. Sellars has a degree in history from the University of Victoria and a law degree from the University of British Columbia. She is currently Chair of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM) and serves as a Senior Advisor to the Indigenous Leadership Initiative (www.ilinationhood.ca).

“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

“[Sellars] tells Canada’s history from a perspective that has rarely been used before: … the people who call these lands their ancestral home. … This book is not a recommended read, it is a necessary read – especially for Canadians. … most readers will feel reborn upon reading this book, so hidden is the truth of Canadian history. … Equipped with the truth, Canadians can finally honestly and comprehensively celebrate our country.”
Pacific Rim Review of Books

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

“This is a book like no other. Bev Sellars combines her keen insights, her studies in history and law, and her experience as a chief of an ‘Indian reserve’ in British Columbia to produce a book that will open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of life under federal government administration. This book will be a significant contribution to the nationwide campaign of Indigenous people to emancipate themselves from the Indian Act and its administrators in Ottawa. Their aim as Sellars explains is meaningful participation in the decisions that affect their rights and interests. As Bill Wilson (Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla) writes in the foreword, ‘Truth and knowledge are wonderful things.’ Indeed.”
—Paul L.A.H. Chartrand, IPC, Professor of Law, retired Former commissioner, Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1991–1996)

“A timely tome. So much of Native Canadian history has been swept under the rug by mainstream historians. Fortunately, books like this, written by Native authors themselves, are finally coming out of the closet, so to speak. And the timing couldn’t be better. Our country so needs these books. Our country so needs these voices.”
—Tomson Highway

“By beginning to unveil some painful truths in Canada’s ‘hidden history,’ Chief Bev Sellars provides context and deep understanding that remain at the root of the troubled relationship between Canada and Aboriginal peoples. Some individuals will find these stories troubling, but as painful as these stories are, they must be told if we are to ever have reconciliation and understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.”
—Mary Simon, co-chair, Canadians for a New Partnership, former Canadian ambassador, and president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami One

“Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada will advance only when non-Aboriginal Canadians learn, accept, remember, and respect Aboriginal perspectives and interpretations of our shared past and future. Bev Sellars’s powerful truth-telling about the cost to Aboriginal peoples of our history is essential reading for all Canadians.”
—Phyllis Senese, Professor Emerita of History, University of Victoria

“Sellars uses a broad brush with personal detail here and there to help readers understand Aboriginal issues in Canada today … a good primer.”
—Chris Arnetttt, author of The Terror of the Coast: Land Alienation and Colonial War on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 1849–1863

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