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Arkells at St Francis Xavier High School in Ottawa, ON to launch the DWF’s Legacy School Artist Ambassador Program in 2019.
It was amazing hearing your story. We hear stories like yours sometimes at school, but it was very different hearing you recount your path first hand. It was far more powerful. I think other schools need a chance to have similar experiences because often times we don’t recognize how impactful some things are until we hear about them first hand. Thank you for all of the music and for trusting us with your story.
I never realized how intensely the history Indigenous people have is still carried with them today, and that they are still fighting to be treated and seen as equals.
I think that’s the type of discussion we had would really give people a better understanding of the true Indigenous experience and therefore educate people.
I really enjoyed the performances, both performing for you and listening to your music. The experience of speaking afterwards and just having a conversation about music and what that can do was such an interesting way to learn.
I learned that we need to do less talking and more listening, and it’s up to the new generations to make a difference.
After listening to those stories, I realized we could all be doing more for reconciliation.