Join Peter Schneider of the Canada Council for the Arts in conversation with Anishinaabe writer, broadcaster, and arts leader Jesse Wente about Jesse's new book Unreconciled: Family, Truth and Indigenous Resistance. Part memoir and part manifesto, Unreconciled is a stirring call to arms to put truth over the flawed concept of reconciliation, and to build a new, respectful relationship between the nation of Canada and Indigenous peoples. By exploring his family's history, including his grandmother's experience in residential school, and citing his own frequent incidents of racial profiling by police who'd stop him on the streets, Wente unpacks the discrepancies between his personal identity and how non-Indigenous people view him.
Wente explores and exposes the lies that Canada tells itself, unravels "the two founding nations" myth, and insists that the notion of "reconciliation" is not a realistic path forward. Peace between First Nations and the state of Canada can't be recovered through reconciliation--because no such relationship ever existed.
Jesse Wente was born and raised in Toronto; his family comes from Chicago and Genaabaajing Anishinaabek and he is a member of the Serpent River First Nation. Best known for more than two decades spent as a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, Jesse also worked at the Toronto International Film Festival for eleven years. In February 2018, he was named the first Executive Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. Wente was appointed Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts in 2020, the only First Nations person to ever hold the position.
Register for a Zoom link. This event is also streamed live on Ottawa Public Library Facebook. The direct link is https://www.facebook.com/BiblioOttawaLibrary/posts/2147033575434652
Offered by Ottawa Public Library in partnership with the Ottawa International Writers Festival.