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Global News BC | ‘We want to be a healthy community’ - FN youth sing about life on reserve

December 7th, 2017

“Dream big,” 16-year-old TJ Sochan sings in the opening verse of a new video posted to YouTube late last month. The song, “Where Happiness Dwells,” was written by seven young Indigenous people. It talks about life on the reserve of the Blueberry River First Nations, located north of Fort St. John.

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The Eastern Door | Three peoples, one incredible school anthem

November 24th, 2017

How many kids get the chance to write an anthem? How many adults do? Ten elementary school students from St. Willibrord School in Chateauguay can now definitively say “I did” to the question. Lexi Horn was among those who wrote the lyrics to her school’s new anthem “Dreamchild” – and helped produce the video – which she and nine of her classmates star in.

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CBC Montreal | Viral music video in 3 languages celebrates diversity

November 23rd, 2017

A new music video featuring elementary school students is going viral for sharing words of inclusion and encouragement in Mohawk, English and French. The song, Dreamchild, was written, recorded and filmed with students at St. Willibrord School in Châteauguay, Que., on Montreal’s South Shore.

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Alaska Highway News | Blueberry youth search for happiness through music

November 19th, 2017

A group of youth from Blueberry River First Nation got a hands-on lesson in a search for their connection to the land and one another last week. The seven students were able to do that through music and film, collaborating with N’we Jinan, a mobile music and video studio that embeds itself in First Nations communities across the country.

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CBC Indigenous | FN youth perform Highway of Tears song at MMIWG National Inquiry

September 28th, 2017

Youth from the ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School in Kitsumkalum, B.C., were given a standing ovation after performing their song about the Highway of Tears before the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls on Wednesday.

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CBC New Fire | Indigenous teens in Surrey come together through music

August 21st, 2017

This year a group of nine high school students from nine different nations were brought together for one week to write and record a song together — and to make a music video. They began with a single question: What does it mean to be an Indigenous student in Surrey, B.C.?

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AMI-TV | Matthew Monias performs with Nelly Furtado

August 17th, 2017

Sixteen-year-old musician Mathew Monais experiences the National Aboriginal Day festivities in Winnipeg for the first time – meeting other artists, like Nelly Furtado, and learning what it means to be a young indigenous musician.

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CBC North | Cree singer looks to pick up Indigenous Music Awards

May 17th, 2017

Quebec Cree singer Mariame Hasni has had a busy few years since the release of her album Bloom, in 2015.

Since then, she’s hit the number one spot on the Indigenous Music Countdown, and opened for Buffy Sainte-Marie — but this Friday could be the biggest day yet, as she finds out if she can add an Indigenous Music Award to the list.

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Global Voices | Hip-Hop Is a Tool for Self-Expression and Cultural Preservation

May 2nd, 2017

Young people from First Nations communities across Canada are reflecting on issues that are important to them through hip-hop, thanks to a series of travelling workshops.

As part of the N’we Jinan tour, workshops leaders have been taking mobile music studios directly to schools and youth centers to teach songwriting, recording, audio and video production, and live performance to youth groups since 2014.

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APTN National News | The Silent War Launch Party

May 2nd, 2017

N’We Jinan rolls into Vancouver with bands from across the Prairies.

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CBC News | First Nations youth launch album covering hope

April 21st, 2017

Young people from a pair of Manitoba First Nations are heading to Vancouver this weekend to launch a new album featuring songs they wrote, performed and recorded.

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Global News B.C | Beyond The Rocks

April 21st, 2017

The First Nations youth from one of the most remote communities in B.C. are learning to express themselves through music as part of a collaboration initiative that brings a mobile recording studio and video production team into schools and youth centres in native communities across Canada.

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CBC Manitoba | Help You See

February 27th, 2017

Matthew Monias says he was around eight years old when depression started to really hit him. That’s when he stopped singing.

Before then, he had been singing since he was four years old, said the teen, who lives in Garden Hill First Nation, about 475 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

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B.C Legislature | The Highway

February 21st, 2017

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.

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Huffinton Post | The Highway

January 26th, 2017

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.

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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.

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NOW Toronto | Ontario - Grassy Narrows Feels Like Home To Them

May 31st, 2016

Grassy Narrows, known as Asubpeeschoseewagong [a-sub-eeshko-see-wa-gong] in Anishinaabemowin, is located on the Ontario side of the Manitoba border near Kenora, 1,700km northwest of Toronto…

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CBC Thunder Bay | Ontario - Grassy Narrows teens find voice through N'we Jinan

May 4th, 2016

A music video made by a group of teens in Grassy Narrows First Nation, in northwestern Ontario is racking up tens of thousands of views online…

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Indigenous Circle | CTV Regina

November 29th, 2015

15 minute feature story on the Patuanak community where N’we Jinan filmed and recorded the song “Caught In The Storm” featuring English River First Nation youth!

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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..

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CBC News | Thunder Bay - First Nations students create hit in music program

May 31st, 2016

A group of students from Lac Seul First Nation have hit the right note with their new song, and music video, created as part of an initiative called N’we Jinan…

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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..

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Ottawa Citizen - Gatineau elementary students create music video to promote tolerance

October 27th, 2015

Students from a Gatineau elementary school rapped, sang and played violin to spread their message of tolerance across cultures in a kid-powered music video

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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…

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CBC News | Aboriginal - Singer dubbed 'Cree Rihanna' is looking to hit the big time

April 28th, 2015

She hopes one day to be known only as Mariame. 24-year-old Mariame Hasni, born of a Cree mother and an Algerian father, lives in Montreal. And she has big musical aspirations..

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Breakfast Television - The 11th annual Music Monday

May 4th, 2015

N’we Jinan artist, Tyson Spencer and David Hodges had the chance of promoting an event called “Music Monday” on Breakfast Television. Click on the link to see the interview!

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Indian Country Today - Life Is So Great! 12 Uplifting Hip Hop Videos by Native Americans

January 21st, 2015

Cree youth in the James Bay community of Chisasibi are celebrating another milestone as part of a very successful music education project.

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CBC News | Aboriginal - James Bay Cree youth in Quebec hit the music charts

November 8th, 2014

Cree youth in the James Bay community of Chisasibi are celebrating another milestone as part of a very successful music education project.

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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..

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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…

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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.

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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…

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