“Growing Young” is an original music video created by the First Nations youth of Whitehorse, Yukon. Childhood is a very touchy subject for many. A lot of today’s youth have experienced many hardships and have been forced to grow up quickly. This song is vibrant & energetic. Come see why it’s catching fire on radio stations and making national news!
Credits: Angel Rear, Darci Trociuk, Daniel Hager, Kylah Taylor, Tamika Charlie, Savanna James, Teya Rear, Brianna Bingham & Hank Hager.
“Gateway” is an original music video created by the youth of Liard First Nation in Watson Lake, Yukon. Many youth have chosen to be closed and private about their darkest struggles. They are the gatekeepers of their story. This group have decided to open the gates and shed some light on their hardships and hopes for the future.
Credits: Ekko Trociuk, Seth Boss, Kolby James Schmidt, Jenny Kroeker, Desiree Jackson & Chris James Dickson.
“Best Of Me” is an original music video created by the Northern Tutchone youth of Selkirk First Nation in Pelly Crossing, Yukon. This is a support song that calls upon the importance of the traditional Dooli Laws; caring, sharing, teaching and respect for the land and daily life in the community.
Credits: Tyra Gill, Rena Simon, Riley Gill, Madison Gill, Shania Simon-Joe, Cassandra Johnny, Mariah Grennan, Makayla Grennan & Tay-Lynn Mierau-Charlie.
“Behind The Light” is an original music created by young adults in Yekooche First Nation, British Columbia. There is a fire that burns within the hearts of those struggling in remote communities. Sometimes the truth can be deceiving, but with a little light, we can see the inspiration and hope
Credits: Sabrina Joseph, Abel Joseph, Chelsey Beausejour, Jordan Joseph, Natron Prince & Dene Gauchier.
“Hidden Passage” is an original music video created by the youth of Klemtu, British Columbia. This secluded piece of paradise is tucked away in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where the youth know who they are and are deeply connected to their roots as part of the Kitasoo // Xai’xais First Nations.
Credits: Jacintha Brown, Mercedes Robinson-Neasloss, Jonathan May, Dominic Robinson, Roberta Duncan, Jamie Mason, Ivan Robinson, Rob Duncan, Julianne Mason, Julia Thompson & Eliza Mason.
“Worthy” is an original music video created by 9 young girls in Adams Lake Indian Band, British Columbia. It tackles the toughest issues that youth are facing today: suicide, depression & anxiety. This one digs deep and the girls are standing strong together with a message of hope to those struggling.
Credits: Lola Thomas-Purdaby, Selena Davis, Angel Cameron, Jada Michel, Sasha Johnny, Cece Thomas-Jules, Lana Thomas-Johnny, Hannah Willis & Brooke Stensrud.
“Our Journey Home” is an original music video created by Stó:lō students at Sardis Secondary School in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The message depicts a travelling soul wandering into the unknowns of life, searching for a place that brings a sense of calmness, hope and security.
Credits: Sky Malloway-Seward, Eileen George, Renic Pieterse, Amethyst Louis, Jordyn Baginski, Brooklyn Jensen, Emily Louie-Fillardeau, Logan Commodore, Bridger Wealick & Tanner Wilber.
“The River Flows” is an original music video created by the youth of Pikangikum First Nation. This powerful message works closely with the 7 Grandfather teachings of the Ojibwe people and demonstrates the honest realities of living in this community.
Credits: Ashanti Suggashie, Leah Strang, Thomas Quill, Koivu Strang, Lilly Kejick, Shandi Moose, Angel Quill, Amberlee King & Gage Turtle.
“Many Paths” is an original music video created by the youth of Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan. This powerful pop infused hip-hop anthem delivers a hopeful outlook on the future while coming to terms with the harsh realities of the past.
Credits: Rhianon Dustyhorn, Arika Littletent, Sky McIvor, Dakota Whiteman, Stacey Dustyhorn, Emery Nadean, Nathaniel Poorman, Conrad Desjarlais Jr, Alex Geddes & Xander Geddes.
“Thunderbird” is an original music video project created by the strong youth of Ochapowace First Nation at Kakisiwew School in Saskatchewan. When you give the young people a chance to have a loud voice, they will stand tall and awaken the spirit that has been left silent for too long!
Credits: Hope Yuzicappi, Shayla Ochpowace, Bradley Daniels, Keenan Papequash, Nadia Udchitz, Leighton Delorme, Kiyomi Chartrand, Shawndel Henry, August Morrison, Precious Bigstone & Stacie Bear.
“They were sitting in the dark and now we’re letting in the light”, said one of the talented youth of Sk’elep School of Excellence in Kamloops, British Columbia. This music video explores the dark realities of residential schools while focusing on the outcomes that have allowed culture & language to be taught in today’s First Nation schools. Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Indian Band stand up – your youth brought a heavy message, please share!
Credits: Akita Abraham, Tiffany Friesen, Tyra Gregg, Denaya Bennett, Trynity Rosette, Semiah Latrans, Mayson George, Shaya Hanamaayer, Riley Friesen, Cash Charters & Kaya Pires.
“Only Be Us” delivers an important message that the Indigenous young leaders of today do not want to conform to societal norms and expectations. The only way to truly be happy and to find oneself is self-acceptance and to find support for your future in your people, your community. Courtesy of the Simpcw First Nation youth, an easy listening ballad tune taking us into 2018!
Credits: Jared Fortier, Nicole Narcisse, Jacob Sterling, Madison Sterling, Cy Celesta, James Celesta, Raine Celesta, Mason Cahoose & Nellea Sulin.
A broken paddle is the symbol of a very long journey to come. A strong & powerful message of resilience coming from the youth of Pacheedaht First Nation in British Columbia!
Credits: Krystal Peters, Carmen Jones, Caroline Wells, Kristine Jack, Ivan Morris, Kyrah Jones, Victor Peters, Alysha Morris, Cynthia Jones, Lakota Chorney-Charlie & Tyler Wilson.
“Let Us Not Worry” is a demonstration of how language and culture is closely linked to building confidence in young Indigenous people. Though they are faced with struggles and the dark history, they are inspired and motivated to create a beautiful life through their school & community. Courtesy of the youth in Ditidaht First Nation!
Credits: Maria Edgar, Larissa Lamb, Makenna Amos, Josie Marchand, Renae Tate, Lance John, Zack Edgar, Ivy Tate, Dylan Marchand, Cheyenne Tate & Pat Patterson.
A heavy hip-hop song packed with a powerful message that aims to destroy stereotypes and misconceptions about the Indigenous youth of Tachie of the Tl’azt’en Nation. “WHY US” is a common term used in this community and serves as an important question about the future. There is strength found within the youth.
Credits: Tianna Joseph, Jaydeen Felix, Tre Felix, Landon Joseph-Millard, Devaun Anatole, Scott Hanson, Jenna Felix, Matthew Monk, Keeley Tom & Mariah Aslin.
Though many First Nation youth may belong to a specific reserve, they aren’t always growing up in the same places. “Where Happiness Dwells” brings together the youth of Blueberry River First Nations and tells the story of the Dane-zaa people who will always remain connected through their rivers,stories, land and dreams.
Credits: Trinity Desjarlais, T.J Sochan, Nikita Apsassin, Douglas Apsassin, Tichia Davis, Charlie Yahey & Remington Davis.
“Dreamchild” is an uplifting music video/anthem courtesy of students at St. Wllibrord Elementary School in Chateauguay, Quebec. The song features Mohawk, English & French lyrics, representing the 3 languages of the school and is a demonstration that all youth can work together despite their differences.
Credits: Keenan Williams, Lexi Horn, Alexander Leblanc, Ryan Wade, Quasy Buckley, Cora Diabo, Alexa Tille-Ascencio, Brynn Rice, Ava Champagne & Erica Robertson.
A story of restoring what has been lost and an invitation to listen closer to help adults understand the pain that exists within the Indigenous youth of today. Courtesy of the Penticton Indian Band youth of Outma Sqilx’w Cultural school!
Credits: Sisuse Wilson, Bernadette Lezard, Kwecta’mn ‘Cookie’ Pierre, Delaney Pierre, Glaysheus Kruger, Dayna Kruger, Archer Waters, Noah Gabriel, Gracianah Gallicano, Lukas Frezie, Sahia Montgromery-Waardenburg, Dianne Lysons Stewart, Arianna Smith, Kaelani Greyeyes, Taylor Pierre & Cikqwlx Hall.
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