Wab Kinew (350w)
Photo courtesy of Katelyn Malo

Wab Kinew

Presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

The Reason You Walk

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1375 Water St.

When his father was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Wab Kinew decided to spend a year reconnecting with the accomplished but distant aboriginal man who’d raised him.

In this talk, Kinew shares his own struggles in his twenties to find the right path, eventually giving up a self-destructive lifestyle to passionately pursue music and martial arts. From his unique vantage point, he offers an inside view of what it means to be an educated aboriginal living in a country that is just beginning to wake up to its aboriginal history and living presence.

Invoking hope, healing and forgiveness, this presentation is a poignant story of a towering but damaged father and his son as they embark on a journey to repair their family bond. By turns lighthearted and solemn, Kinew gives us an inspiring vision for family and cross-cultural reconciliation, and a wider conversation about the future of aboriginal peoples.


All seats for this event are now spoken for. You can add yourself to the online waitlist by clicking the Add to Waitlist link below.

Book sales and signing

The UBC Bookstore is pleased to provide The Reason You Walk for sale at the event.

The following payments will be accepted: Visa, Master Card, Amex, debit and cash.

About Wab Kinew

Wab Kinew is a one-of-a-kind talent. He inspires the young and the young-at-heart through hands on learning, artistic performance and motivational speaking.

Kinew is the Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at the University of Winnipeg and a correspondent with Aljazeera America. In 2012, Wab hosted the acclaimed CBC Television series 8th Fire. His hip-hop has won an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award. His journalism has won an Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award and been nominated for a Gemini Award. He has a BA in Economics and is a member of the Midewin.

Young Canadians, and Aboriginal youth in particular, face a wealth of challenges from rising obesity rates to lack of engagement with the political system all the way to a sense of loneliness amidst an increasingly technological world. In spite of the diversity of challenges, he believes that there is a common solution to all of these obstacles: building a new generation of active, motivated and compassionate citizens. He provides live community empowerment solutions towards that goal.

Last reviewed shim2/26/2016 2:51:49 PM

inspired. informed. insightful.


Chris Guenard
Digital Communications Coordinator

Tel: 250-807-9932
E: chris.guenard@ubc.ca

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