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Namwayut

Namwayut is a book by Chief Robert Joseph.

Chief Robert Joseph

Reconciliation belongs to everyone. In this profound book, Chief Robert Joseph, globally recognized peacebuilder and Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk People, traces his journey from his childhood surviving residential school to his present-day role as a leader who inspires individual hope, collective change, and global transformation.

Before we get to know where we are going, we need to know where we came from. Reconciliation represents a long way forward, but it is a pathway toward our higher humanity, our highest selves, and an understanding that everybody matters. In Namwayut, Chief Joseph teaches us to transform our relationships with ourselves and each other. As we learn about, honour, and respect the truth of the stories we tell, we can also discover how to dismantle the walls of discrimination, hatred, and racism in our society. (From Raincoast Books)

Chief Robert Joseph is the Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk people and one of the remaining first-language speakers of Kwak'wala. Joseph is the ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and chair of the Native American Leadership Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation.

He received the Order of British Columbia in 2015 and is the 2016 winner of the Indspire Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Interviews with Chief Robert Joseph 

Robert Joseph is Kwakwakaʼwakw and a hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation. He spoke with Kathryn Marlow about his new book: A Pathway to Reconciliation.
Chief Robert Joseph on what true reconciliation looks like for Canada's First Nations

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