Namwayut: An Evening with Chief Robert Joseph
Join the Squamish Public Library, Whistler Public Library, Pemberton & District Public Library, Squamish Nation, the Whistler Writing Society, the Friends of the Whistler Public Library, and the Whistler Pemberton Literacy Partnership in welcoming Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, OC, OBC to talk about his new book Namwayut – We Are All One: A Pathway to Reconciliation.
Chief Joseph is a true peace-builder whose life and work are examples of his personal commitment. A Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, he has dedicated his life to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding and racism at home and abroad.
You can join this free event in four ways:
- In-person at the Eagle Eye Theatre in Squamish
- At a Livestream watch party at the Whistler Public Library
- At a Livestream watch party at Pemberton & District Public Library
- Online from home
Registration is required! Click here to sign up. Please note that there are four ways to attend, so choose your preferred attendance carefully!
Our libraries are also hosting a three-week online book club focused on Namwayut in the weeks leading up to April 12. Everyone is welcome to join in this discussion – click here for full details.
About the Book:
We all share a common humanity. No matter how long or difficult the path ahead, we are all one. 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.