The OCA Conference Committee is proud to announce that Jesse Wente of CBC will be presenting the opening Keynote Address at the OCA 2017 Annual Conference.
Do you want to learn more about Jesse Wente? Keep Reading!
Jesse Wente is Ojibwe and his family comes from the Serpent River First Nation in Ontario. The Serpent River First Nation, a signatory to the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850, is an Anishinaabe First Nation in the Canadian province of Ontario, located midway between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury along the North Channel of Lake Huron.
A strong advocate for the Indigenous movement in Canada, Jesse brings attention to misuses of imagery and indigenous cultural activities used by film makers, businesses, sports groups, and people-at-large, in the portrayal of indigenous people and stresses the need for a culture (Indigenous) to have influence on their own depiction.
In addition, Jesse is the CBC’s Morning Radio pop culture critic (Tuesday mornings with Matt Galloway), and the Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. As the Director of Film Programmes, he oversees new releases, series, and TIFF Cinematheque programming and scheduling. TIFF Cinematheque (formerly Cinematheque Ontario) is a year-round programme of the Toronto International Film Festival devoted to the presentation, understanding and appreciation of Canadian and international cinema through carefully curated programming.
His first major curatorial project at the TIFF Bell Lightbox was the landmark film programme First Peoples’ Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition and its accompanying gallery exhibition: Home and Native Land.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Film Programmes, Jesse served as one of the Canadian features programmers for the Toronto International Film Festival, and also programmed for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival. He has also been a regular guest on CBC Newsworld’s News Morning and Weekend Edition, as well as Q. Jesse is the former President of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest Indigenous Performing Arts Company.
The OCA is excited to have Jesse present the opening Keynote Address at the 2017 Annual Conference, on Wednesday, January 25. Stay tuned, more posts about the 2017 Annual Conference are on their way!
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