Namwayut by Chief Robert Joseph

Namwayut—We Are All One

A Pathway to Reconciliation

Chief Robert Joseph

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.


“There is no more important task for Canadians than to hear the voices of Indigenous people. This is humanity’s collective responsibility–to face uncomfortable, sometimes horrific truths, to educate ourselves, to listen, to reflect, to learn, and to act with newfound awareness and sensitivity. Chief Joseph’s journey reminds us all that the path to future peace must pass through reconciliation of our past. And that all humans are equal, all humans are humans.”

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, OBC, OC is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, and Chairman of the Native American Leadership Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation who has sat with leaders around the globe, including South Africa, Israel, Japan, and the US. He was Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and is an honorary witness to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

ISBN 978-1-77458-005-9
$29.95 CAD $24.95 USD
Published September 13, 2022
5.25 × 8 280 Pages
hardcover, ebook, audiobook