The Reason You Walk, by Wab Kinew

reasonyouwalkOne-time rapper, long-time CBC journalist, and now politician Wab Kinew tells the story of his father’s time in one of the notorious residential schools that First Nations children in Canada were forced to attend, and the impact of that abuse on his family throughout the next generation. The Reason You Walk is also a memoir about Kinew’s own life as well as his father’s, about the relationship between the two men, and about the search for healing, peace and reconciliation for Canadian First Nations people who were subjected to the residential school system. There’s a lot going on in this book, and while the writing is straightforward and workmanlike rather than literary or showy in any way, it’s well worth reading. I learned a lot.

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