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Winnipeg Band Releases Song for MMIWG

WINNIPEG, MB. – A Winnipeg-based Indigenous pop band releases a new song in support of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Popular band, Indian City, released ” Through the Flood”, the second single from their third full-length album, Here & Now. The powerful ballad is a reflection on the numerous cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) across Canada paying tribute to the tragic losses in Indigenous families and acknowledging the gravity of this issue in our Canadian communities.

In 2016, Indian City and Eagle & Hawk bandleader, Vince Fontaine and JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter, Don Amero, began sketching musical ideas with the intention of honouring Canada’s MMIWG and their families with hope, compassion, and love.

Fontaine said, “This was a very difficult song to write, but it is very important to continue the dialogue around this tragic issue. We want to remember those we have lost, and share the weight with families in pain. Socially, we want to foster a future of healing and positive change. Politically, we want to continue the conversation of equal weight to tragedies across all communities.”

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Fontaine felt the importance of including the feminine perspective in this tribute and Gabrielle Fontaine, emerging Indigenous musician and 19-year old daughter of Vince Fontaine, quickly joined the writing process. “Our song describes the hope emerging as we all stand together with these families in the midst of the healing process,” says Gabrielle Fontaine. “I am honoured to have been a part of bringing this song to life, and collaboratively, finding the words to say through song, we hope to bring more people together to stand with these families.”

St Johns Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Nahanni Fontaine, an impactful and tireless MMIWG advocate, acknowledged Indian City’s commitment to this important Canadian conversation with the release of “Through the Flood”. “Artists are playing a role in both honouring MMIWG and their families while contributing to more public awareness on this Canadian tragedy through music and art. This song is but one part of that artistic agency we see across the country,” says MLA Fontaine. “ Meegwetch to Indian City on a loving tribute to MMIWG and their families.”

“Since 1980, over 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have been reported as missing and murdered. This is a prayer and petition for those that we have lost. This is our song of hope. We stand with those feeling the pain and turmoil and sing for justice and truth to prevail,” says Amero. This song makes it first public debut during the opening weekend of the Canada Summer Games (July 28-August 13) on Saturday, July 29 at Indigenous Voices, Songs and Sounds, an open-to-the-public event at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Released in February 2017, Indian City’s album Here & Now points to important discussions within our Canadian communities including Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the legacy of Residential Schools and the treatment of the environment.

Through the Flood – Lyrics

Dark secrets
Darker lies
Fading heartbeat
Fading cries

Started sinking
Like a stone
Going down
Not going home

The tide has turned
The waters rise
Another day passes by

I could see them, I could see them
My love
I could see them I could see them
My blood
Rising through the flood

Glimpse of brightness
Ray of light
Rising up
Ending night

Never here
Never gone
Hope returns
When the dawn

The tide has turned
The waters rise
Another day passes by

I could see them, I could see them
My love
I could see them I could see them
My blood
Rising through the flood

Brothers stand
Sisters too
I am right here
Next to you

Won’t give up
Won’t let go
As waters rise
Through the storm

I could see them, I could see them
My love
I could see them I could see them
My blood
Rising through the flood

Kevin Klein, MyToba News

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Kevin Klein is President and CEO of MyToba News. The former publisher and CEO of the Winnipeg Sun, Kevin has spent several years in Canadian media working in newspapers, radio and television. A proud and passionate citizen of Winnipeg and Manitoba, Kevin is excited to bring you news, pictures and information on the many wonderful charity groups in our province. If you have an event you want us to know about, email Kevin at kevin@mytoba.ca and follow him on Twitter @kevinkleinwpg.
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