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The North Sound and Elders explore climate change in Saskatchewan

By Alan Greyeyes | October 30, 2021

Tags: Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival | Embassy of Canada to Colombia | High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom | Honour Song | The North Sound

The North Sound takes us to Saskatchewan for the second episode of Honour Song season 2. Their 20-minute film begins with a beautiful performance and includes testimonials about climate change from Elders Joseph Naytowhow and Maria Campbell.

Honour Song is made possible by a partnership between the sākihiwē festival, the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom, Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival, and the Embassy of Canada to Colombia.

The episode will premiere on the sākihiwē festival's Facebook page and YouTube channel on Wednesday, November 3 at 10:00 AM CST.

About The North Sound
The North Sound is cold like a Saskatchewan winter, humid like a summer day in the streets of Montreal, and is unpredictable like the weather on a singular day in Calgary. The North Sound is ever-changing with lyrics spanning across haunting metaphors and a sound balanced between today's modern production and the era of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris blazing the highways. Formed in 2014 by Forrest Eaglespeaker supported by his partner Nevada Freistadt, The North Sound was created as a way to share stories in keeping true to Forrest’s Blackfoot identity and traditions from Treaty 7 Territory. 

About the filmmaker
Matt Braden Smith filmed and edited the episode. Smith is a photojournalist and videographer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The connections people feel to their art and their land is often a focus for his work. Having worked with organizations and individuals in Canada and abroad, Smith believes that empathy is a powerful tool to draw people together and we grow stronger when we listen and share our collective stories.

Leela Gilday hosted the first Honour Song episode about climate change, which premiered on Wednesday, October 27. It's available on YouTube and Facebook with English captions, French subtitles, and Spanish subtitles.

Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council for their financial support of the sākihiwē festival's outreach programming.