At MusicNL, we continue to work to create an industry where all of the voices of Newfoundland and Labrador are heard. We enable musicians and music industry professionals to stay and work successfully in Newfoundland and Labrador.
To help serve this mandate, this year MusicNL has partnered with First Light’s National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD), which is an annual celebration of the culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Indigenous groups of Canada. Historically, First Nation and Inuit artists have been severely underrepresented in the mainstream music industry. Few opportunities have been presented to urban Indigenous individuals to access the resources required to create and perform music and celebrate culture through dance. MusicNL’s partnership with First Light’s National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations helps to give community members an opportunity to connect with music, dance, traditions, and values from their culture.
First Light (St. John’s Native Friendship Centre) is planning an exciting week of programming and events to celebrate NIPD 2019, which will be open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members alike. As learning is most effective through participation, these events will provide the urban Indigenous community members with an opportunity to celebrate their culture while at the same time educating non-Indigenous community members about NIPD and Indigenous cultures. MusicNL and First Light have engaged with several Indigenous artists from Newfoundland and Labrador and other provinces who have agreed to be part of the week-long celebration, which includes various cultural workshops from June 17–22nd, a sunrise ceremony June 21st, and an urban Miawo’mi on June 21st.