Pictured L-R, Andrei Savu (Filmaker), Skyler McNaughton, Chyenne Agoston, Wyatt LaForme, Domenic Agoston, Ashley Longboat, and David Hodges (Executive Director).
Six First Nations students at Princess Elizabeth participated in an Indigenous Music Project during the week of October 24-28.
The project was made possible by Grand Erie District School Board’s Indigenous Education Department. The department brought N’we Janin to the school to assist the students.
N’we Janin is a non-profit organization that brings a mobile recording studio into schools and community centres across North America.
The program is aimed to create an environment where youth can express themselves musically and creatively under the guidance of a professional music producer. N’we Janin offers a dynamic approach to music education.
The students learned about sound recording, music production, song writing, voice and performance. They created an original song that contains messages that focus on their cultural identity, struggles, strength and love.
The goals of the project were to help the students to build confidence and a sense of belonging, empowerment, expression and skills development.
The song and video will be released at the school’s assembly during the week of November 7.
Skylar and Dom said, “I enjoyed the experience. It was fun.” and Ashley and Chyenne said it was enjoyable to learn to write and record a song.”