The Art Manuel Award recognizes impactful Indigenous governance research or practices. This award honours the legacy of leader and activist Art Manuel of
the Secwepemc Nation.

“There is room on this land for all of us and there must also be, after centuries of struggle, room for justice for Indigenous peoples. That is all we ask. And we will settle for nothing less.”

― Arthur Manuel, Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call

About Arthur Manuel

Arthur Manuel, son of Marceline Paul of the Ktuanaxa Nation and George Manuel of the Secwepemc Nation, was an internationally recognized activist, leader and advocate for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. He was known for his tireless advocacy for Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination, working selflessly in defence of Indigenous territorial authority and fiercely opposing any termination of Indigenous land rights. A residential school survivor, he shared his vision for Indigenous self-determination across the globe and was a teacher, mentor and source of knowledge for many.

“I believe that under the existing colonial system in Canada, Indigenous peoples are not Canadian because of systemic impoverishment we are forced to live in because we are alienated from our traditional territories…you cannot have reconciliation under the colonial 0.2 per cent Indian reserve system. It is impossible. Nothing can justify that kind of human degradation. The land issue must be addressed before reconciliation can begin.”

― Arthur Manuel, The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy

Art held many esteemed positions in his lifetime including: Chief of Neskonlith Indian Band, chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, and co-chair of the North American and Global Indigenous Caucus at the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples. He was also a leader in the Defenders of the Land and Idle No More movement. He is the co-author of Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call and author of The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy.

Modified from “Statement from the family of Indigenous activist Arthur Manuel on his passing”; The Georgia Straight, Jan 12, 2017


Details about the nomination process and jury will be announced late Summer 2018.

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