Reclaim and Resist: Canada’s Indigenous Musicians

The myriad of indigenous communities in Canada share a painful history. But today, Canada’s indigenous artists are using music, from rock to round dance, to not only interrogate these still-felt horrors, but to heal too; to share stories, culture and languages that were violently suppressed for decades.

In Toronto, we meet classically trained singer and pianist Jeremy Dutcher, whose debut album was sung entirely in the language of his Wolastoq community. In London, Ontario, we meet Adam Sturgeon, lead musician of the bands Status/Non-Status and OMBIIGIZI, who puts healing at the forefront of his bands’ artistic vision.

Produced by Sasha Edye-Lindner
Broadcast:  18th March on BBC World Service