On this special three part series of the Radio ECMA Podcast we discuss the importance of Orange Shirt Day, indigenous culture and music within Atlantic Canada.
September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.
Host Chris Batstone is joined by Trevor Sanipass, Indigenous Liaison as they interview artists. Also in this special series Cheryl Copage-Gehue, Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor for HRM and Manager of Protocol & Culture for the North American Indigenous Games talks with Trevor and Chris about her knowledge of this important day and Indigenous culture.
For more information on Orange Shirt Day visit:
Thank you to our episode sponsor the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) for their continued support of Indigenous artists and the East Coast Music Association.
About Alan Syliboy & Hubert Francis
Alan Syliboy was born and raised in Truro and lives at Millbrook First Nation. He looks to the indigenous Mi’kmaq petroglyph (stone etchings) tradition for inspiration, and developed his own artistic vocabulary out of those forms.
Alan’s band, The Thundermakers, are Guitarist/Vocals Hubert Francis star of Brookes Diamond production, “Drum” from Elsipogtog First Nation, Lead guitarist Evan Syliboy formerly with Alan’s band Lonecloud, composer, vocals & percussionist - Julianne Syliboy, vocals & percussionist - Joanne Hatfield, and bassist, composer, sound designer, video/sound editor, Lukas Pearse of Halifax NS, plus group leader, percussionist/spoken word artist Alan Syliboy. The show consists of songs, spoken word and stories accompanied by multi-media art film and live performance.
Although this is the core group, Alan frequently calls upon other musicians and dancers to enhance his live performances.
Youtube Channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp7Vp5C32DI2GTRtmtHoEHA
Youtube links to live performances.