A music video featuring Ojibwe students from St.Joseph’s Catholic School in Port Elgin went viral over the weekend and currently has over 12 thousands views since it was released on Friday.
The music video is called “Tie Our Spirits” and was produced and shot with the help of non-profit group N’we Jinan, whose name means "We Live Here" in Cree. The non-profit has created over 80 songs and videos across Canada that have been viewed more than 15 million times online.
There was a viewing assembly held at St. Joseph’s on Friday where students involved received the star treatment and even walked a red carpet.
Native Language Teacher, Natalka Pucan, and Principal, Keith Walsh, made the arrangements to partner with N’we Jinan, a music initiative that brings a mobile recording studio into schools and community centres across First Nation communities in Canada.
Their program is aimed to create an environment where youth can express themselves musically and creatively under the guidance of a professional music producer. Participants learn about recording, music production, song writing, performance, marketing and design.
Through the use of a mobile studio, original songs and videos are created, containing messages that focus on cultural identity, language, struggle, love and self-acceptance.
Students who took part include: Mia Roote, Eric Capstick, Larissa Mason, Emma Mason, Ireland Solomon, Lucy D'Atri, Dominic D'Atri, Mackenzie Ritchie, Janelle Lenart, Quinntana Dowling and Gaige Cameron-Nashkewa.
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