New book explores Canada’s ongoing relationship with Indigenous peoples

All sales support the Orange Shirt Society and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

National accounting, tax and consulting firm MNP released a book on Indigenous rights and Canada’s historic and ongoing relationship with Indigenous peoples.

“An Introductory Guide to Understanding Indigenous Rights” discusses across more than 130 full-colour pages the 300 years of treaties, conflicts, and the journey towards reconciliation — and the collective role these have played in shaping Canada.

“This book offers an opportunity to contribute to the continued understanding of the responsibility Canadians have to uphold Indigenous and treaty rights as a fundamental part of who we are as a country,” says Clayton Norris, MNP’s vice-president of Indigenous services. Norris, a member of Cold Lake First Nation, notes there is an absence of general audience literature on Indigenous rights and history in Canada.

“The book covers a long timeline, but it is far more than a history lesson,” adds Norris. “With Canadians now once again facing the country’s unsettling residential school history, the underlying message is perhaps more important and relevant than ever.”

The book is available to anyone looking to better understand Canada’s historic and ongoing relationship with Indigenous peoples and contribute to the journey of truth and reconciliation.

MNP says it has invested a lot of time and resources into understanding Indigenous culture and history and says it appreciates the immense influence Indigenous and treaty rights have on decision making, goal setting and realizing beneficial outcomes.

Norris says “An Introductory Guide to Understanding Indigenous Rights” is an important next step in the firm’s commitment to support the Indigenous community and advocate for equal and active participation in all aspects of society.

“As a national firm, MNP works with many public sector organizations, resource developers and privately-owned businesses who either work with Indigenous nations, employ Indigenous people, or have contracts with Indigenous-run businesses. We believe this book has the potential to drive deeper understanding and conversations that can inform these working relationships,” he says.

The firm will be donating proceeds from the sale of the book in support of the Indigenous community. Proceeds will go to the Orange Shirt Society and The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjak Fund – two transformational organizations focused on education, reconciliation, and eliminating prejudice against Indigenous peoples.

“Education is a critical step toward building a better Canada,” says Sarah Midanik, president and CEO of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. “Too many Canadians have been denied the opportunity to learn about the true history regarding the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples, and this book is a necessary step in the right direction.”

“Now more than ever, Canadians are reckoning with the terrible injustice of the residential school system,” says Phyllis Webstad, executive director at Orange Shirt Society. “An Introductory Guide to Understanding Indigenous Rights provides much needed context on the events and mindsets that led to its implementation and the effects these continue to have on Indigenous communities across the country.”

“An Introductory Guide to Understanding Indigenous Rights” is available for purchase through the MNP website at

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