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Learn About the Significance of Indigenous Drums

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.

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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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Watch HeartSpeak TV to learn the history of Residential Schools

Heartspeak is about sharing stories that inspire and providing inspirational educational media to support well-being and success. In this segment, Senator Murray Sinclair (Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission) provides background on the history of residential schools and the work of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. He highlights the need to teach the history and intergenerational impact of residential schools and our shared responsibility to forge a new relationship of mutual respect and trust.

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