Jesse Wente (Agency)

speakerImage Biography: Jesse Wente is a sought after Ojibwe broadcaster, curator, producer, activist and public speaker. He's been a columnist covering film and culture on CBC Radio's Metro Morning for 22 years and is a culture columnist for CBC Radio’s Unreserved. He has programmed for film festivals including Reel World, ImagineNative and TIFF. Jesse has curated retrospectives on Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Mann and Kelly Reichardt. In 2012 he curated the world’s largest retrospective of Indigenous films titled First Peoples Cinema:1500 Nations, One Tradition and its accompanying gallery exhibition, Home on Native Land. An outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Metis and Inuit art, he has spoken at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Canadian Arts Summit, and CMPA’s Prime Time. Jesse serves on the board of directors for the Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. He lives in Etobicoke with his wife and two children.