treaty one territory
the sākihiwē festival (formerly aboriginal music week) is set for june 14-16, 2019 in treaty one territory.
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. sro has no capital letters and amm has adopted this format for its website and social media posts.
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
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amm is no longer accepting submissions from indigenous artists for the 2019 edition of the sākihiwē festival. submissions for the 2020 edition of the festival will open in july of 2019.
the festival is produced by aboriginal music manitoba (amm) and supported by the province of manitoba, the manitoba arts council, the winnipeg arts council, the socan foundation, the canada council for the arts, and the government of canada through the department of canadian heritage.
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 nine-person volunteer board of directors.
amm is universally accepted as a leader in the development and growth of the indigenous music community.
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.