Ideal Law Conference 2014
Throughout time music has been used by cultures as a expression of emotion.
It has also been used as a tool to express political stances.
On January 25th, from 9am to 1pm in Halifax at the Schulich School of Law for the Ideal Law Conference hosted by the Social Activist Law Student Association of Dalhousie Law School, I will join the many artists, individuals, communities and nations in expressing my political stance of resistance by engaging in a durational vocal performance of a song that was shared with me by a strong woman elder from my Mi’kmaw community.
This elder that has taken part in many political movements towards Indigenous Sovereignty and has taught me throughout the years of knowing her, along with the other strong women in her family, to honour and respect my role in society as a Mi’kmaw Woman.
A Mi’kmaw Woman who has the voice to create dialogue which can result in change. I appreciate her and her family for this gift.
In many lifetimes there have been several interactions between Indigenous communities and the various political powers that be.
Oka, Ipperwash, Victoria Island, Grand River, Burnt Church, Elsipogtog. These are some of the places of which these interactions have take place and come to my mind.
In many of these “stand-offs” Indigenous Women have often been the peacekeepers, the caring mothers and often the song deliverers that help people to rest easy in-between negotiations, in-between gunfire, in-between periods of immense despair and immense pride.
The voices of these women not only carries in the early mornings or late nights of those encampments to aid allies in resting but it also regenerates pride and honour of why the initial “blockade” was first created.
The “blockade” that is set up to protect. To protect the land, the water, the ceremonial grounds, the burial grounds, the community. This action of protecting, is the initial role that an Indigenous Woman plays in our societies.
This 4 hour song that I present is my act of unity with all of those protectors from our communities. Call them what you will; Grandmothers, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Warriors.
I sing this song for you.
We must also not forget all of those Indigenous Women who’s pride and honour has been silenced; which has subsequently resulted in their voices being silenced, being lost, being forgotten.
I too sing this song for you.
I will open the space in the performance for participation at Noon. Where you may join me in solidarity, either to sing with me or to stand with me.
For I too sing this song for you.
*note: experiencing technical difficulties, there will be a minor delay and a break once music equipment rental store opens and they deliver the power cords to equipment! Check in later. Broadcasting live.