I recently attended the release of an amazing video created by students at ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School in Kitsumkalum. This was an initiative of N’we Jinan, a program that offers First Nations youth the opportunity to write an original song, with music and video, that explores relevant issues and topics while promoting community engagement and the learning of new technology.
The video that accompanies the ballad shows a girl who hitchhikes on Highway 16 — nicknamed the “Highway of Tears,” for the high number of women that have disappeared along the route over the past 50 years — while the teens sing about resilience and their community’s strength.
CBC Manitoba | Cree youth drop rhymes, shed light on life
Oct 9th, 2016
A group of youth from Oxford House First Nation has teamed up with a Montréal-based production company to produce a slick rap song and video that sheds light on the challenges of living in a remote northern community.
CBC North | Quebec - Northern Saskatchewan First Nations youth release album, video
November 22nd, 2015
A music mentorship program is giving First Nations in northern Saskatchewan extra tools in the battle against some of the highest suicide rates in the country, while at the same time producing an album, a music video and no small amount..
ICI Radio Canada | Saskatchewan - Des jeunes de la Première nation d'English River...
October 20th, 2015
Des jeunes de la Première nation d’English River participent à un album de musique Hip Hop Le réalisateur de musique et enseignant de Montréal David Hodges présente le deuxième album de son projet N’we Jinan the Gathering produit avec des..
CBC North - Cree hip-hop trio The NorthStars release debut album 'Dreams'
June 13th, 2015
Members of the Cree hip-hop group The NorthStars credit the power of music with turning their lives around. The NorthStars are made up of Elton J. Salt, Keith Lacroix and Gary Jolly, all of Nemaska, Que., a James Bay Cree community of 700 people about…
The Nation - N’we Jinan : The story behind the music
June 13th, 2014
Soulful song goddesses, cutting-edge rappers, precocious kids, metal dudes, scribes of prose and poetry, rockers with a cause, unlikely hip-hop heroes and community activists are some of the labels for Eeyou Istchee’s newest superstars; the youth whose..
George Stroumboulopolous Tonight - Listen To A New Album From Cree Youth..
May 28th, 2014
A new album came out this week and hit an unexpected number nine on the charts. N’we Jinan Eeyou Istchee is the first release to come out of an innovative tour through 10 Cree communities in Quebec, and yesterday, it appeared in ninth place on the top…
CBC - Quebec AM - The N'we Jinan tour in Whapmagoostui
April 4th, 2014
The N’we Jinan tour is a hip-hop project for youth happening right now in the Cree communities of James Bay in northern Quebec. It’s giving young people the chance to produce their own music and in some cases, affirm themselves in a really important way.
Grand Council Of The Crees - N'we Jinan Eeyou Istchee Album Reaches #1 on the hip..
February 6th, 2014
The Cree Nation Youth Council commissioned music producer, song-wrtiter, rapper Mr. David Hodges to travel around the Cree communities and host a music workshop during the cold month of March. David and his buddy, Marcus recorded, filmed the entire…