Wab Kinew

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Born Onigaming, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Occupation broadcaster, musician, educator
Known for 8th Fire, Fault Lines

Wabanakwut (Wab) Kinew is a Canadian musician, broadcaster and educator, best known as a host of programming on CBC Radio and CBC Television.[1]

Originally from the Onigaming First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, he is the son of Tobasonakwut Kinew, a former local and regional chief and a professor of indigenous governance at the University of Winnipeg who died in 2012.[2]

Kinew has been a reporter and host predominantly for the CBC's radio and television operations in Winnipeg,[3] including the weekly arts magazine show The 204, but also hosted the national documentary series 8th Fire in 2012.[1] He is also a host of the documentary program Fault Lines on Al Jazeera America.[4]

He released his debut CD as a rapper, Live by the Drum, in 2009.[3] The CD won an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop CD.[5]

In 2012, the University of Winnipeg named Kinew its first director of indigenous inclusion.[5]

In 2014, he appeared as a panelist on CBC Radio's Canada Reads, defending Joseph Boyden's novel The Orenda.[6] The novel won the competition.