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Burnstick explores climate change in Manitoba

By Alan Greyeyes | November 13, 2021

Tags: Burnstick | climate change | Honour Song | sakihiwe festival

Burnstick takes us to Manitoba for a look at climate change in their Métis homelands for the fourth and final episode of Honour Song season 2. Their 20-minute film by BNB Studios, includes testimonials from Elders Jocelyne Pambrun and Dr. Winston Wuttunee, and premieres on November 17 at 10:00 AM CST.

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.

Burnstick is folk music that’s brimming with the kind of chemistry that could only come from a husband and wife. Jason, a Plains-Cree guitarist, and Nadia, a Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter, create the are award-winning duo: Burnstick. Two performers whose voices and languages blend together with ease, Burnstick pushes the boundaries of contemporary folk music, weaving together the unique sounds of vintage Weissenborns with intriguing vocal harmonies, while allowing the beauty of simple melodies to shine through.

The first three episodes of Honour Song were led by Leela Gilday, The North Sound, and Fawn Wood. Each episode is available on YouTube with English captions, French subtitles, and Spanish subtitles.

Aboriginal Music Manitoba, producer of the sākihiwē festival, 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.