|Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Fort Rouge
April 19, 2016
|Preceded by||Jennifer Howard|
December 31, 1981 |
|Political party||New Democratic|
Wabanakwut (Wab) Kinew (born December 31, 1981) is a Canadian politician, musician, broadcaster and university administrator, best known as a host of programming on CBC Radio and CBC Television.
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, and Kathi Avery Kinew, a policy analyst. Kinew moved to suburban Winnipeg with his parents in childhood and attended Collège Béliveau, a French immersion school, and vacationed in Onigaming in the summers. He graduated from the University of Winnipeg Collegiate which Kinew said in a 2014 interview was "a private high school, one of the best in Winnipeg." Kinew earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Manitoba.
Kinew began working in broadcasting after the Winnipeg Free Press published a letter to the editor which he had written about Team Canada hockey, and a local CBC Radio producer contacted him to express interest in creating and airing a documentary feature on the topic.
Kinew has been a reporter and host for the CBC's radio and television operations, including the weekly arts magazine show The 204 in Winnipeg and the national documentary series 8th Fire in 2012. He is also a host of the documentary program Fault Lines on Al Jazeera America.
|2009||Live By the Drum
||Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award|
In 2011, the University of Winnipeg named Kinew its first director of indigenous inclusion. In 2014, Kinew was appointed acting associate vice-president of Indigenous Affairs after Jennifer Rattray resigned the position. He is also an honorary witness for the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
He considered running for the leadership of the Assembly of First Nations in its 2014 leadership election, but decided not to mount a campaign as he was newly married in August and felt it was not the right time to be away from home for an extended period.
In 2016, he was announced as a Manitoba New Democratic Party candidate for Fort Rouge in the 2016 provincial election. During the final days of the campaign, misogynistic and anti-gay tweets and other social media comments were discovered by media on Kinew's Twitter feed. This created a scandal with calls for the New Democratic Party to drop Kinew from the ballots. Kinew apologized for his past comments.
On April 19, 2016, Kinew defeated Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari in the riding of Fort Rouge. He was subsequently named the NDP's spokesperson for reconciliation and critic for education, advanced learning, and training as well as housing and community development.
Kinew has written two books, a personal memoir and a children's book about notable figures in First Nations history, which were published by Penguin Canada in 2015. The memoir, The Reason You Walk, chronicles the year 2012, during which Kinew strove to reconnect with the aboriginal man who raised him. The Globe & Mail reviewer commented: "the undeniable significance of The Reason You Walk’s message, and the fact that the book holds so much for both aboriginal and non-aboriginal readers, makes it a must-read. This is not just a memoir, it’s a meditation on the purpose of living."
Kinew recounts that he "experienced racially motivated assaults by adults" during his time growing up in suburban Winnipeg. In 2003, Kinew received a DUI conviction. Kinew has since quit drinking and is seeking a pardon from the Canadian government to expunge his criminal record. Kinew is married to Lisa Monkman, a family physician who practises medicine at an inner-city clinic, and has two sons from a previous relationship.
- "Wab Kinew: behind the voice of CBC’s Q guest host". Toronto Star, December 15, 2014.
- "CBC series 8th Fire aims to dispel native stereotypes". Toronto Star, January 17, 2012.
- "The accidental journalist: Wab Kinew emerges as contender to host Q". The Globe and Mail, December 19, 2014.
- "Kinew might be in queue to host Q: Guest spot last month piqued his interest" Winnipeg Free Press, January 9, 2015.
- "Wab Kinew discusses education at Thunder Bay orientation". Wawatay News, September 18, 2014.
- "Aboriginal rapper, CBC host has plenty to say". Winnipeg Free Press, January 24, 2009.
- "Canadian journalists Ali Velshi, Wab Kinew join Al Jazeera America". The Canadian Journalism Project, April 9, 2013.
- "Joseph Boyden's novel The Orenda wins CBC's Canada Reads contest". Edmonton Journal, March 6, 2014.
- "CBC ponders new name for ‘Q’ in light of Jian Ghomeshi scandal". CityNews, November 12, 2014.
- "Canada Reads 2015: One book to break barriers". CBC Books, November 19, 2014.
- "UWinnipeg names first Director of Indigenous Inclusion". University of Winnipeg, October 4, 2012.
- Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. Portage & Main Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1-55379-307-6. p. 384.
- David Akin, "Wab Kinew: “This country is true. This country is strong. This country is free.”". canoe.ca, October 29, 2014.
- "Wab Kinew eyes run for Assembly of First Nations chief". CBC News, May 20, 2014.
- "Wab Kinew NDP’s candidate in Fort Rouge". Winnipeg Free Press, February 2, 2016.
- "The Liberals say Kinew's social media comments, which surfaced earlier this week, are demeaning to women, gays and lesbians.". Toronto Star. 2016-03-11. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
- "Selinger stands by Kinew". Sault Star. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
- "Wab Kinew beats out Liberal leader Rana Bokhari to win in Fort Rouge". Global Manitoba, April 20, 2016.
- "MLA's appointed as critics". Winnipeg Free Press, May 16, 2016.
- "Wab Kinew | Aboriginal Speaker | National Speakers Bureau". National Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2015-10-16.