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An Introductory Guide To Understanding Indigenous Rights

This is the story of how a unique set of collective rights made it into Canada's constitution.

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About the Book

Indigenous and treaty rights are the basis of Canada itself. They are integral to its collective history, culture and laws. And the nation as we know it could not exist without them.

Yet, few people understand what these rights are or why they are protected in Canada’s constitution. Nor the role each citizen plays in protecting and upholding them.

An Introductory Guide to Understanding Indigenous Rights peels back the layers on more than 300 years of treaty history to begin answering those questions.

This thoroughly researched and eye-opening history reveals how Canada came to be. The promises made and broken with Indigenous nations. Attempts made to begin much needed reconciliation — and the necessary path to finally realize it.

Keeping in line with the MNP’s mission to support continued learning and education, 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.


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The True History of Canada's Indigenous People

This informative and captivating publication is part of MNP’s response to an ever increasing need to create contemporary knowledge and awareness on the true history and reality of Canada’s Indigenous people.  As a Firm with a deep commitment to this dynamic and vital segment of society we have, for many years, incorporated this critical understanding into our team members and organizational philosophy.  We believe this is a journey, as we discover more about the past and gain insight into the evolving realities facing the Indigenous community and Canada.

Our objective has always been to support, as best we can, the continued acknowledgment of the Indigenous community and the need to confirm that they are equal and active participants in all aspects of society.  This document is another way we honour Indigenous peoples and the many efforts being made to improve their health and wellbeing.  This includes supporting the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP).

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About MNP Indigenous Services

MNP is a leading national accounting, tax and consulting firm to Canada’s Indigenous communities. We have invested more time and resources into understanding Indigenous needs than any other firm. With more than 250 indigenous clients and 300 professionals, MNP has developed a diverse suite of services designed to preserve our clients’ interests and position them for success.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the book about?

    An Introductory Guide to Understanding Indigenous Rights offers an overview of Canada’s long, complex and often contentious relationship with Indigenous peoples.

    It is designed to support a variety of learners — including educational institutions, governments and the private sector — and contains only facts, timelines and case studies our team have been able to verify through comprehensive primary and secondary research.

  • Who is MNP?

    MNP is a leading national accounting, tax and consulting firm to Canada’s Indigenous communities. We have invested more time and resources into understanding Indigenous needs than any other firm. With more than 250 Indigenous clients and 300 professionals, MNP has developed a diverse suite of services designed to preserve our clients’ traditions and position them for success.

  • Why did MNP decide to publish this book?

    Our mission is to assist all Canadians in learning about Indigenous peoples’ rights — why they exist and why they are integral to the history and future of Canada.

    We want to encourage informed dialog and build a positive and collaborative path forward. We hope you find this resource helpful and informative in guiding you toward that goal.

  • About the Lead Author

    Tracy Campbell, MA, has more than 25 years of experience working in the field of Indigenous rights and interests. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Calgary specializing in the Duty to Consult and currently supports numerous Indigenous government clients across Canada in Duty to Consult processes.

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Volume Pricing

Volume pricing and flexible payment options available. Indigenous and/or educational organizations receive a 20 percent discount.

Curriculum Development – Understanding Treaties and Sovereignty

We have developed a Grade 10 course approved for use in public schools which can be custom designed to suit any grade or meet the unique needs of your organization.

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