Fight or Submit, Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson
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Fight or Submit
Standing Tall in Two Worlds

Narrator: Kaipo Schwab

Unabridged: 9 hr 22 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 10/27/2020


In the opening to his memoir, Grand Chief Ron Derrickson says his "story is not a litany of complaints but a list of battles" that he has fought. And he promises he will not be overly pious in his telling of them. "As a businessman," he writes, "I like to give the straight goods." In Fight or Submit, Derrickson delivers on his promise and it turns out he has a hell of a story to tell. Born and raised in a tarpaper shack, he went on to become one of the most successful Indigenous businessmen in Canada. As a political leader, he served as Chief of the Westbank First Nation for a dozen years and was made a Grand Chief by the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs. Along the way, he has been the target of a full Royal Commission and an assassination attempt by a hitman hired by local whites. As Chief, he increased his community's revenues by 3500% and led his people into a war in the forest over logging rights. In 2015, he became an award-winning author when Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call, a book he coauthored with Arthur Manuel, won the Canadian History Association Literary Award. His second book coauthored with Manuel, Reconciliation Manifesto, won the BC Book Prize for nonfiction."Canada. Schwab narrates steadily, drawing listeners in as he recounts history, smoothly shifts from English to Indigenous intonation, and tells tales of the Okanagan, Syilx, Westbank band, and other Indian nations." ---AudioFile