Music CD: “Rain: Songs of Hope” (Waskaganish Cree Youth Music Program)

Waskaganish Cree Youth Music Program – The objectives of the project are to bring together the community to write, arrange, and produce a positive and original music album. Some of the material will address issues surrounding suicide (which recently took another Waskaganish youth), with the goal of suggesting positive alternatives to coping with life problems. Other material will highlight various aspects of Cree culture and of our community that are determined to be important by community members. Such issues might include the soon to be dammed Rupert river, which currently supplies the community with water and fish, the high (40% +) unemployment rate among young people, and traditional Cree culture.

Download Waskaganish Community Music Album: Rain, songs of hope (Cree/Eeyouch Compilation).

Website includes sections on Rain Album, Broken Album, Artist List, Sample Songs, Photos and Videos, and more.

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More information:

  • YouTube Videos: “Paul Napash ‘James Bay Island Song’” (March 18, 2010), Darryl S. Hester ‘Nitwaasiim/My Child’ (Feb. 16, 2010).
  • Derek Olive website – “Derek moved to Waskaganish in September 2007 and immediately created the Waskaganish Music Project, which provides an opportunity for all community members to take music lessons at no cost.”
  • Darryl S. Hester “Music Industry Award, 2009” PDF (Canadian Aboriginal Music Award): “Moved by the challenges faced by his Cree community in Northern Quebec, he began writing songs to inspire young people and founded the Waskaganish Cree Youth Music Program (WCYMP). Hester’s organization helped produce two outstanding albums; “Broken” and “Rain: Songs of Hope” featuring community youth sharing their dreams and messages of hope to a growing Canadian audience.

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