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Listen to Indigenous Musicians

Indigenous Musicians on CBC Music

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Indigenous Music Countdown

Listen to episodes of Reclaimed, CBC’s Indigenous music program. Get to know nominees and winners of the Indigenous Music Awards. Watch videos showcasing Canada’s top Indigenous musicians. Here are some lists and artists to start you off!

We hate trying to fit these genre-defying artists into categories, but hope it will help you find your next favourite artist.
FOLK, ROCK, SINGER/SONGWRITER Buffy Saint-MarieAndrea MenardDigging RootsSusan Aglukark, Winston WuttuneeJohn ArcandTomson Highway
ALTERNATIVE  Tanya TagaqiskwēJeremy Dutcher,  Melody McKiver
CLASSICAL Cris Derksen
COUNTRY Crystal ShawandaShane Yellowbird
ELECTRONIC A Tribe Called Red
HIP HOP  T-RhymeEekwol, DrezusJB The First Lady, Joey Stylez
TRADITIONAL Northern Cree

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Read the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Report

Everyone, at some point in their journey of Reconciliation, needs to read the 94 Calls to Action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” Or connect here to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Final Report to read other sections and excerpts.

We have included this action in every category and every path on this website as a reminder of how important it is for us to understand the history and path of Reconciliation in our country.

Follow These Indigenous Visual Artists

Allen Sapp was a Cree painter from Red Pheasant Cree Nation who resided in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. His art and his story have become well known throughout Canada.

Daphne Odjig was a Canadian First Nations artist of Odawa-Potawatomi-English heritage. Her painting is often characterized as Woodlands Style. She was the driving force behind the Professional Native Indian Artists Association, colloquially known as the Indian Group of Seven.

Alex Simeon Janvier is a pioneer of contemporary Canadian Aboriginal art in Canada and a member of the Indigenous Group of Seven. He was born in Cold Lake First Nation and is of Dene and Saultaux descent.

Jerry Whitehead is a Cree artist from Peter Chapman First Nation. Powwow and powwow dancers have remained an important theme and inspiration for his work.

Christi Belcourt is a Métis visual artist and author best known for her acrylic paintings which depict floral patterns inspired by Métis and First Nations historical beadwork art. Belcourt’s work often focuses on questions around identity, culture, place and divisions within communities.

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