From musicians to visual and performance artists to authors, learn more about six Indigenous artists making powerful work about Reconciliation.
Art & Music
Reading is an excellent way to begin a journey of Reconciliation, and there is a range of books available that reveal Canada’s true history, tell stories of residential school survivors or teach us about Indigenous culture through fictional novels. Whether for yourself or someone else, buy books about Reconciliation and begin a transformative experience.
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-Marie, Andrea Menard, Digging Roots, Susan Aglukark, Winston Wuttunee, John Arcand, Tomson Highway
ALTERNATIVE Tanya Tagaq, iskwē, Jeremy Dutcher, Melody McKiver
CLASSICAL Cris Derksen
COUNTRY Crystal Shawanda, Shane Yellowbird
ELECTRONIC A Tribe Called Red
HIP HOP T-Rhyme, Eekwol, Drezus, JB The First Lady, Joey Stylez
TRADITIONAL Northern Cree
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The Native Drums web project is a diverse dialogue on culture, history and traditional knowledge with Indigenous cultural partners, educational institutions, government and private industry. Centred around the central themes of drums and music of Canadian First Peoples, Native Drums traces the history, mythology, and significance of the drum in traditional societies of Canada’s Eastern Woodlands, compared with Western Coastal regions in terms of history, arts and culture.