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Tahmoh Penikett on respecting lived experiences

The actor and Canada Reads 2018 panellist on the importance of knowing history.
Tahmoh Penikett's mother was forced to go to residential school. He speaks passionately on why Indigenous issues are important to talk about in Canada. 1:59

For Day Two of Canada Reads 2018, the debates got heated as the panellists in contention continued to make the case for why their book should be the one all Canadians should read. 

Actor Tahmoh Penikett, who is defending American War by Omar El Akkad, talked about why his own Indigenous heritage and his mother's experience with residential schools helps him appreciate the issues raised in the Jully Black-defended book The Marrow Thieves.

"My mother went to a residential school, but it took me years to find out about it because my mother and her family wouldn't share that fact. A large part of this country does not know what happened  — it was systematic, premeditated cultural genocide. It's very easy to judge Indigenous people when you see them struggling... but that's only because many don't know their story and what they endured."


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