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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.


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.


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…


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…


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!


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..


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…


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..


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


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…


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..


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!


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.


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.


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…

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