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Pu’tliskiej – Blackbird

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In 2019 Emma Stevens from Eskasoni, Cape Breton recorded this beautiful rendition of Blackbird by The Beatles in her native Mi’kmaq language.

O’Siem

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Susan Aglukark is a Canadian singer who blends Inuit folk music traditions with country and pop songwriting. Her most successful song O’Siem is a joyful greeting for family and loved ones, and a call to turn away from racism and prejudice. O’Siem is also a Coast Salish word meaning “a welcoming of honoured guests.” Aglukark has spent her lifetime promoting inclusivity and acceptance.

O’Siem, we are all family
O’Siem, we’re all the same
O’Siem, the fires of freedom
Dance in the burning flame

Siem o siyeya, all people rich and poor
Siem o siyeya, those who do and do not know
Siem o siyeya, take the hand of one close by
Siem o siyeya, of those who know because they try
And watch the walls come tumbling down

Siem o siyeya, all people of the world
Siem o siyeya, it′s time to make the turn
Siem o siyeya, a chance to share your heart
Siem o siyeya, to make a brand new start
And watch the walls come tumbling down

Fires burn in silence
Hearts in anger bleed
Wheel of change is turning
For the ones who truly need
To see the walls come tumbling down

National Indigenous Peoples Day

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June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Daya day for all Canadians to honour and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

Buffy Sainte-Marie is an Indigenous Canadian-American singer-songwriter, visual artist, educator and social activist. In 1983, she became the first indigenous person to win an Academy Award for co-writing the beautiful song Up Where We Belong.