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As proud as we may be to be Canadians and as excited and patriotic most of us are feeling to be celebrating the 150 th year of our nationhood we can neither deny nor run from the fact that our beloved country has a dark past. Built on stolen land, from coast to coast tribes made their lives here for thousands of years before European faces ever appeared at her shores. Over the centuries our ancestors abused and oppressed those peoples stealing first their land and then later, robbing them of their cultures.

Our Indigenous peoples are a strong breed however; and despite generations of oppression and neglect they have fought to have their voices heard. After years of being denied their culture they persevered and not only held tight to it but added it to the melting pot of diversity which has become our Canadian identity and more and more added that voice to our music scene. Though they face more of an uphill battle to add to that voice than most, including other ethnic minorities now calling this great nation home, they have had some incredible trailblazers helping to pave the way. No Canada Day celebration by Canadian Beats could ever be complete without a look at a few of those remarkable artists. Edward Gamblin

Edward Gamblin was a member of the Cree people, born in Cross Lake, Manitoba in 1948 he survived Canada’s notorious system and at the age of 18 started his first band Cree Nation . Gamblin is notable in that he was one of the original First Nations musicians to carve out a viable career built on an Indigenous audience rather than seeking crossover success in the mainstream country. Having obtained a degree in from the University of Manitoba he went […]

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