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SPHERE / Arctic Imagination Talks

with Jesse Wente & Svend Hardenberg

Talks Festival events
  • NAC Orchestra

  Sep 22, 2022 - 10 AM EDT

The power of art and entertainment to promote public discourse on climate change

Greenlandic businessman Svend Hardenberg, Ojibwe broadcaster and journalist Jesse Wente and Kevin Loring, Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre and member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation share their experiences of the climate crisis. Together they discuss the impact of colonialism and resource commodification and the learnings from Indigenous storytelling and land stewardship that have been overlooked by governments and institutions.

Co-hosted by the Royal Danish Library and the NAC Orchestra as part of the SPHERE Festival, Arctic Imagination is a not-to-be-missed speaker series pressing discussions on the transformation of the Arctic as the ice disappears — and the implications of climate change for geopolitics and human civilization as we know it. 


Jesse Wente is best known for more than two decades spent as a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. In 2018, Jesse was named the founding director of the Indigenous Screen Office and in summer 2020 he was appointed Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts. Jesse received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto in 2021 for his volunteer contributions. His first book Unreconciled: Family, Truth and Indigenous Resistance is a national bestseller. Born and raised in Toronto, his family comes from Chicago and Genaabaajing Anishinaabek and he is a member of the Serpent River First Nation.

Svend Hardenberg is a businessman and entrepreneur, who entered unexpected Netflix stardom as a leading role in Borgen, a highly successful Danish TV series that deals with themes of climate crisis. Hardenberg has previously served as Permanent Secretary at the Premier’s Office, Government of Greenland. 

Host: Kevin Loring


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    Board Chair, Canada Council for the Arts & Co-executive director, Indigenous Screen Office. Author of ''UNRECONCILED'' Jesse Wente
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    Businessman, entrepreneur, former Permanent Secretary at the Premier’s Office, Government of Greenland Svend Hardenberg
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    Host Kevin Loring

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