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Namwayut—We Are All One

A Pathway to Reconciliation

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ISBN10: 1774580055
ISBN13: 9781774580059


280 Pages


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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.

Chief Joseph is known as one of the leading voices on peacebuilding in our time, and his dedication to reconciliation has been recognized with multiple honorary degrees and awards. As one of the remaining first-language speakers of Kwak'wala, his wisdom is grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing while making space for something bigger and better for all of us.


Praise for Namwayut—We Are All One

"There is no more important task for Canadians than to hear the voices of Indigenous people. This is humanity's collective responsibility—to face uncomfortable, sometimes horrific truths, to educate ourselves, to listen, to reflect, to learn, and to act with newfound awareness and sensitivity. Chief Joseph's journey reminds us all that the path to future peace must pass through reconciliation of our past. And that all humans are equal, all humans are humans.”Lieutenant-General (retd) the Honourable Roméo Dallaire

“Indigenous writers often describe the power of stories. In oral traditions a story is a memorable way to convey our history, our traditions, and our teachings. Chief Robert Joseph offers his journey of reconciliation through the story of his life. And what an extraordinary, troubling, and uplifting life it is . . . This book moves from our tragic history to a present where mutual understanding is possible. This is the story of reconciliation.”—Mike DeGagne, C.M., President & CEO, Indspire

"In writing Namwayut, Chief Robert Joseph provides a roadmap for everyone to find that sense of home we all yearn for and together build belonging from the inside out—one person, one family, one community at a time.”—Jessie Sutherland, author of bestselling book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out