About Us

Treaty One Territory

The sākihiwē festival (formerly Aboriginal Music Week) is set for June 26-28, 2020 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Our Name 

Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM) received the name for the festival from Sundance chief David Blacksmith during a ceremony on February 21, 2018. the name means "love another" in Cree and the organization has been instructed to use Standard Roman Orthography (SRO) to write the name.

Our Colours 

Blacksmith presented amm with five colours to accompany the festival's name. Our colours are red (represents fire), yellow (represents new life), blue (represents thunderbirds), white (spirit), and black (to have no fear).

What We Do 

We take music to four neighbourhoods in Winnipeg's North End and West End so that Indigenous families can participate in the arts without risking their financial security, personal safety, or family responsibilities. Our efforts are amplified by teams of great folks from Central Neighbourhoods Winnipeg, Ka Ni Kanichihk, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, and Spence Neighbourhood Association.

Why We Do It 

We think that arts and cultural deserts have the same negative effects on our mental health as food deserts have on our physical well-being.

Like other festivals, our stages give us an opportunity to challenge the racist effects and intents of pop culture, so we present Inuit, Metis, and First Nation artists who demonstrate diversity through their perspectives and music, to reaffirm the humanity of Indigenous people.

If Canadian funding agencies stop supporting rock, pop, country, and folk music these genres and communities will still thrive overseas. But Inuit, Metis, and some First Nation music and artists only exist here, so every part of this country needs Indigenous presenters who are able to pay Indigenous artists professional fees to engage Indigenous and Canadian audiences.

Connect With Us

We're on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Spotify. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sakihiwe/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sakihiwe
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sakihiwe/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/xlfy3i88sedmospi9zjnjw12r?si=n8M8GQ-aR3CSq-0i5FuYuQ

Artist Submissions

We're accepting submissions from indigenous artists for the 2020 edition of the sākihiwē festival. The festival is set for June 26-28, 2020 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and the submission deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST.

All submissions must be sent online through our google form. Email, fax, and physical submissions will not be accepted.  

Apply here: https://smarturl.it/sakihiweCall2020

AMM presents Inuit, Metis, First Nation, Native American, and Indigenous music artists and groups from Turtle Island and beyond. The presentation of female and non-binary artists is a priority for AMM.  

AMM offers performance fees for all contracted artists along with accommodations, per diems, and a ground transportation allowance for performers from outside of manitoba. All contracted artists are responsible for transportation between their home and Winnipeg.  

Please email agreyeyes@gmail.com if you have any questions.

AMM is incorporated under the laws of Manitoba as a corporation without share capital (i.e., not-for-profit). The corporation is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Vision

AMM is universally accepted as a leader in the development and growth of the Indigenous music community.

Mission

The purpose of AMM is to present, promote and nurture Indigenous music and culture in order to build audiences at the community level and beyond.