About the Author: Ronald Derrickson
Ronald M. Derrickson is an Indigenous leader from the Interior of British Columbia Canada. He was born on the Westbank Indian Reserve in the British Columbia interior to Ted Derrickson and Margaret (nee Schoven) on October 6, 1941. During his young age, he worked as a fruit picker and a welder and rancher before he was elected Westbank band chief in 1976.
He was elected as the chief of the Westbank Indian Band six times and was made a Grand Chief by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs in 2012. He is the Owner and President of RMD Group and one of the most successful First Nations business people in Canada and won an Aboriginal Achievement Award for Business and Commerce.
He became an award-winning author in 2015 when he co-authored a book, ‘Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call’ with Arthur Manuel. The book won the Canadian History Association Literary Award. He co-authored his second book with Manuel, Reconciliation Manifesto, which brought him the BC Book Prize for Nonfiction and appeared on the best books of 2017 lists of the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, and the Writer’s Trust. Read more.
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About the book
Fight or Submit: Standing Tall in Two Worlds is a memoir of Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson. The book opens with Grand Chief Ron Derrickson saying his "story is not a litany of complaints but a list of battles" that he has fought. There has been an assassination attempt in August 1982 by a hitman hired by local whites on him. The assassin was hired by white businessmen to eliminate an “inconvenient Indian” and restore the bargain rates they had previously enjoyed in accessing and using the Westbank First Nation (WFN)’s land and resources.
Fighting all the odds, he increased his community’s revenues by 3500% as Chief and led his people into a war in the forest over logging rights. This book tells how he always lifted his community and had fun along the way while fighting against all the odds in the face of hatred and violence.
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