Wab Kinew: Canada Reads 2015 host

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Wab Kinew is hosting Canada Reads 2015: One book to break barriers.

Wab (Wabanakwut) Kinew is a Canadian musician, broadcaster and university administrator, best known as a host of programming on CBC Radio and CBC Television. In 2014, Wab successfully defended Joseph Boyden's The Orenda on CBC's Canada Reads. Kinew has earned acclaim and awards in the many fields he's active in, from print journalism and broadcasting to academia to hip-hop.

A member of the Midewin, Kinew is from the Onigaming First Nation in Northwestern Ontario and now lives in Winnipeg. He is deeply invested in improving the lives of the indigenous people of Canada. In 2012, the University of Winnipeg named Kinew its first director of indigenous inclusion. In 2014, Kinew was appointed acting associate vice-president of Indigenous Affairs at the university. He was recently named an honorary witness for Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is a correspondent with Al Jazeera America.

CBC audiences will already be familiar with his work hosting the acclaimed CBC TV national documentary series 8th Fire in 2012. Before that, he was a reporter and host with CBC Radio and CBC TV programs in Winnipeg, including the weekly arts magazine show The 204.

He has written extensively about issues affecting indigenous people in newspapers across Canada. For his journalism, he has been nominated for a Gemini Award, and won both an Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award (from the Association of Electronic Journalists) and a Gabriel Award.

For his hop-hop debut CD, Live by the Drum (2009), he won an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop CD.

In 2014, Kinew received an honorary doctorate from Cape Breton University.

Follow Wab on Twitter: @WabKinew.


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