Meet the 2022 Writers

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Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente is an award-winning Anishinaabe writer, broadcaster, speaker and arts leader. Born and raised in Toronto, he is a member of the Serpent River First Nation. He is well-known and respected for his work in film circles, having spent 11 years as a programmer with the Toronto International Film Festival and 24 years working as a CBC Radio film columnist. In 2020, he was appointed chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, the first Indigenous person to hold this position. His new book, Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance, has become a national bestseller and Globe and Mail book of the year. Wente recounts his privileged yet difficult past while re-examining our ideas of truth and reconciliation, encouraging us to emphasize the “truth.” Praised for its “clear and flowing prose,” this honest, highly personal story challenges all of us to engage more meaningfully to repair relations with Indigenous peoples.

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Jesse Wente (photo credit Red Works)
Jesse Wente (photo credit Red Works)