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Jesse Wente faces Canada’s history, flawed notion of reconciliation in upcoming book

Jesse Wente faces Canada’s history, flawed notion of reconciliation in upcoming book
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TORONTO - Indigenous writer Jesse Wente will challenge the notion of reconciliation in a new book described as “part memoir, part manifesto.”

The Ojibwe broadcaster and public speaker says “Unreconciled: Family, Truth and Indigenous Resistance” will be released by Penguin Random House Canada later this year.

The book explores Wente’s fascination with the crossroads of Indigenous representation and popular culture while sparking conversation on “the lies Canada tells itself” about its history.

An outline for “Unreconciled” says Wente asserts that peace between First Nations and Canada can’t be recovered through reconciliation because no such relationship ever existed.

The Toronto-raised writer also opens up about his childhood, being raised by an American father and an Anishinaabe mother. He recounts his grandmother’s experience at a residential school and his racial profiling by police.

The publisher describes the book as “a stirring call to arms to put truth over the flawed concept of reconciliation” with an eye towards building “a new, respectful relationship between the nation of Canada and Indigenous peoples.”
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