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INNOVATOR PROFILE

RICHARD WAGAMESE

Area of Expertise: Literature

"What we really need to say is, ‘yes.’ Yes, yes this happened. Yes this caused a collective bruise in our psyche and our consciousness. Yes it was a shameful period in the history of Canada. Yes a lot of people were hurt and yes I feel shame and anger and bitterness about that but...Yes we can work together and do something about it. Yes we can admit that this story is part of our Canadian story and help each other move beyond it. Yes we can find reconciliation. Yes we can heal each other."