Wab Kinew – Leader of the Manitoba NDP

Originally from the Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, in Northwestern
Ontario, Wab Kinew moved with his family to Winnipeg as a child. A
journalist, author, hip-hop artist, producer, media personality and
university administrator, Wab was hailed by the National Post as “an
aboriginal leader seeking to engage with Canadians at large.”
He proudly serves as the MLA for Fort Rouge and was elected Leader of
the Manitoba NDP on September 16, 2017.
Wab’s career in the media began when a CBC producer noticed a letter to
the editor he had sent in about Team Canada hockey and invited him to
adapt it to a radio piece.
As an on-air host for CBC Radio and Television and a correspondent for
Al Jazeera English, Wab has strived to bring local, national and
international attention to social justice issues. In 2012, he hosted
CBC’s award-winning “8th Fire” documentary series, which challenged
Canadian stereotypes of Indigenous people and laid out a path to
In 2015 Wab published his first book, “The Reason You Walk,” which
recounts his relationship with his father, a survivor of the residential
school system. The book was a national Number 1 bestseller. In 2018, Wab
published a children’s book “Go Show the World: A Celebration of
Indigenous Heroes,” which shares the stories of notable Indigenous
persons throughout history.
Wab is also an award-winning musician. His 2009 album “Live By the Drum”
won an Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Award.
In 2011, the University of Winnipeg named Wab as its first Director of
Indigenous Inclusion. He went on to become the Associate Vice-President
for Indigenous Relations at The University of Winnipeg from 2014 to
2016. Wab is also an Honourary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission of Canada.
He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Manitoba and a
Master’s degree in Indigenous Governance from the University of
Winnipeg. He also has an honourary doctorate from Cape Breton
University. Wab is a member of the Midewin, a traditional Anishinaabe
medicine society.
Wab and his wife Lisa, a physician, are raising three sons, Dominik,
Bezh and a baby boy they welcomed into the world in.  Wab spends his
free time playing hockey and trying out new recipes.