"We're all out here trying to act like individuals [but] there is something about the individual that takes everything away from the community. We have to be aware of that." — Kris Harper

Meet Kris Harper of nêhiyawak, the excellent Polaris Prize-shortlisted band from amiscwaciy (Edmonton, Alberta). Kris talks about how the Idle No More Movement, which began in Saskatchewan in 2012, shook up his understanding of how music, made intentionally, can be transformative, why he believes that more people should identify as Indigenous, and the importance of self-determination in music-making.

Kris's Instagram post about skipping the Juno Awards: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9FXSs9Fky7/

Additional tunes: "ôtênaw" and "open window" by nêhiyawak

We need to take care of each other. Learn more about Encampment Support Network Toronto: instagram.com/esn.to.4real

ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ nêhiyawak: nehiyawak.bandcamp.com

Original music by Jahmal Padmore

Artwork by amad.studio

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