Ron Derrickson's story is one you would least expect: an Indigenous kid grows up in poverty on a British Columbia reserve and defeats all the odds to become an internationally respected entrepreneur and billionaire. Along the way Derrickson was elected Chief of the Westbank Reserve six times, turned his reserve into one of the wealthiest in the country, won logging rights for his people, received the honourary title of Grand Chief from the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, and gave millions of dollars in support of Indigenous artists, writers, and activists fighting for both land rights in Canada and international recognition of the human rights injustices that Canada has committed against Indigenous peoples.
Equal parts memoir, Indigenous rights manifesto and entrepreneurial success story, this book tells one man's story of how he turned oppression and racism on its head and won prosperity for himself and his community by playing "the white man's game."
GRAND CHIEF RONALD DERRICKSON served as Chief of the Westbank First Nation from 1976 to 1986 and from 1998 to 2000. He was made Grand Chief by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs in 2012. Grand Chief Derrickson is one of the most successful Indigenous business owners in Canada. He is also a residential school survivor, has been the target of 17 federal investigations, a Royal Commission, defamation, an assassination attempt, and numerous lawsuits. As a businessman, he has been a successful rancher, real estate investor, developer and financier of alternative energies. He divides his time between his home in Kelowna, British Columbia, and the Ukraine.