With June being National Indigenous Peoples Month, and June 21st National Indigenous Peoples Day, we celebrate the beautiful and resilient musical culture of Indigenous people from Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc and across Turtle Island. Recently, the Kamloops Symphony has been fortunate to collaborate with Indigenous Artists to create innovative and unique artistic experiences. We have put together a collection of free performances and other musical content for your reflection.

As an arts organization, we endorse the adage that “the arts can heal.” In the spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, we acknowledge the harm caused by colonialism, including the colonial roots of our organization’s art form. We recognize that there is still much work to be done, and commit to do our part in the collective healing, educating and relationship building for a better future that is inclusive of Indigenous Artists.

 

Welcome Song

Listen to a traditional welcome song, sung in Secwepemctsin, the traditional language of our region.

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wHISPERS OF THE mOUNTAIN

We collaborated with Syilx and Secwepemc artist Csetkwe and as part of our recent concert production of T(w)o New Heights. Listen to Katia Makdissi-Warren's Whispers of the Mountain, featuring Csetkwe's original songs.

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Chacon: American Ledger No. 1

Filmed back in early May, this collaborative project with the Kamloops Art Gallery explores colonialist history from an American Perspective. Also featured as part of the exhibition Soundings, on until July 3rd.

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We Won't Forget you

Written, recorded and filmed with students from the Sk’elep School of Excellence, this poignant music video gives voice to the younger generation.

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If you appreciate the free performances and resources above and are so moved, please consider donating to an Indigenous organization. Here are a few who are doing amazing work:

Do you have other indigenous musical content you think we should hear? Please send it to us and we'll add it to our list!