July/August 2022: Adult Readers
For July/August 2022 and in honour of International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (August 9), we are honoured to feature and share with you Jesse Wente's memoir 'Unreconciled'. Jesse's book is a call to action for education toward truth in order that the nation of Canada and Indigenous peoples can build a respectful and healthy relationship. It is a call to action for settlers of Canada to recognize how colonial attitudes and institutions still have huge impacts on Indigenous peoples. The books addresses many critical topics including the intergenerational trauma caused by the residential school system, the effects of racial profiling by police, cultural appropriate, Indigenous representation and identity, and Indigenous narrative sovereignty.
“If we ever hope to see a functional relationship between this country (Canada) and its First Nations people, it has to grow from honesty and understanding- the basis cannot be a lie.” (Unreconciled, p. 7).
About the Author
Jesse Wente is a First Nations Canadian arts journalist, chairperson of the Canada Council for the Arts, and a celebrated Canadian author. He is an Ojibwe member of Serpent River First Nation.
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Unreconciled- Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance Educational Resources
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