Jesse Wente

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Jesse Wente was born in Chicago and graduated from the University of Toronto in cinema studies in 1996.[1] He broadcast for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning on films and pop culture for 20 years,[2] and was appointed to the Canada Council for the Arts 2017-2021. Wente identifies himself as Ojibwe and is an outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Metis and Inuit art.[3] He is a member of the Serpent River First Nation and a director of the Toronto Arts Council.


Wente is active in a number of areas in the sphere of Canadian media. He has been a culture critic with the CBC Radio One's Metro Morning program for more than 20 years and on CBC Radio One's Unreserved program.[4][5] Wente is actively involved in Canadian film in a number of roles and is an advocate for increasing the presence of underrepresented voices.[6] He previously served as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where he oversaw theatrical, Cinematheque and Film Circuit programming.[7]

Wente was named as the first director of Canada's new Indigenous Screen Office in January 2018.[8][9] This program of the Canadian federal government is intended to support the development, production and marketing of Indigenous screen content and storytelling in Canada.[8]



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  4. ^ a b "iN18 Industry: Insider and Outsider: Developing New Collaboration Models". imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  5. ^ "Jesse Wente - CBC Media Centre". Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  6. ^ a b "Jesse Wente awarded first-ever Reelworld Reel Activist award". Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  7. ^ "Jesse Wente | Broadcaster, Advocate & Diversity Speaker". National Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  8. ^ a b "Jesse Wente appointed director of Canada's new Indigenous Screen Office". CBC News. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  9. ^ "Jesse Wente appointed Director of Canada's Indigenous Screen Office - eBOSS Canada". eBOSS Canada. 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2018-02-01.