by Bev Sellars
Price Paid: Aboriginal Rights in Canada is the second book by award-winning author Bev Sellars. Based on a popular presentation Sellars often gave to treaty-makers, politicians, policymakers, and educators, Price Paid relates Canadian history from a First Nations point of view.
The book begins with glimpses of foods, medicines, and cultural practices North America's indigenous peoples have shared with the rest of the world. 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 Aboriginal rights in Canada.
Bev Sellars was first elected chief of the Xat'sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia, in 1987. She 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. Having earned a degree in history from the University of Victoria and a law degree from the University of British Columbia, she has served as an advisor to the B.C. Treaty Commission.