Craig Kielburger defends The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King


The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America is both an idiosyncratic history and a personal meditation on what it means to be "Indian." Along the way, it's also a unique, searing and witty look at everything from first contact to pop culture stereotypes to today's aboriginal activism.

Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12 years old. The organization's sustainable development model is active in eight developing countries, serving more than one million beneficiaries. Kielburger is the author of 12 books, holds 15 honorary doctorates and degrees, and has received the Order of Canada, the Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Medal and the World Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child.

Thomas King is one of Canada's premier writers and Native public intellectuals. For the past five decades, he has worked as an activist for Native causes and an administrator of Native programs, and has taught Native literature and history at universities in the United States and Canada. He is the bestselling author of five novels, including the Canada Reads 2004 selection Green Grass, Running Water.


Why Craig Kielburger believes The Inconvenient Indian should win Canada Reads:

"Thomas King is one of Canada's foremost aboriginal intellects, but as a young boy playing Cowboys and Indians, no one wanted to be the Indian, not even him. The Inconvenient Indian challenges the history we thought we knew, including that in some residential schools half the children died and that the first people of our land were the last people to get the right to vote - 1960 in Canada. 500 years of misunderstanding and prejudice, that's a barrier worth breaking."

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Canada Reads Day One highlight: Craig Kileburger's call to action:

Canada Reads Day Two highlights: Craig Keilburger's powerful opening defense of The Inconvenient Indian:

Craig Kielburger on Canada's racisms problem:

Watch the Canada Reads authors in conversation:


Thomas King on the lesson he wants readers to learn from his book:

Thomas King on the writing challenges he faced writing his book:

Canada Reads authors on their favourite Canadian foods:

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CBC Edmonton: The Inconvenient Indian live special

Artist Aaron Paquette, writer Marilyn Dumont and comedian Ryan McMahon offer their insightful, entertaining and poignant views on the Canada Reads contending book.

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