Idle No More: Songs for Life Vol. 1 is the first of an ongoing series of free downloadable compilations of songs by artists who support the vision of Idle No More, Indigenous and allies.

 Volume 1 features a broad and diverse array of artists – everyone from Derek Miller (whose contribution, 7 Lifetimes, is a brand new track inspired by Chief Theresa Spence), to John K. Samson of the Weakerthans.

Bluesey-roots from Digging Roots. The indie stylings of Whitehorse. A funky hip hop jam from Plex with Wab Kinew and Sarah Podemski. It’s a feast for the ears. A celebration. And we’re only just getting started. If ever we’ve been idle – whether in our thoughts or our actions – we are now Idle No More.

This exciting collection – and the additional volumes that will follow soon (there’s that many artists and voices!) – was conceived by Marty Ballentyne, Holly McNarland, Kevin Joseph and RPM’s Ron “Ostwelve” Harris.(Source)

Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists have come together to release a compilation album of songs to show their support for the Idle No More movement.

M├ętis singer-songwriter Holly McNarland is one of the co-creators of the compilation, and said the idea behind Idle No More: Songs for Life Vol. 1 is to spread the word and gain more allies -- both native and non-native -- for the movement.

"Some people are still on the fence and aren't sure what [Idle No More] means or how they feel about it yet," McNarland said. "Maybe watching mainstream artists get behind it will encourage those people to find out more about the movement."

The album features 14 previously released songs from indigenous artists like Derek Miller, A Tribe Called Red and Digging Roots and non-indigenous artists like John K. Samson, Whitehorse and Jenn Grant.

"It has challenged the often unacknowledged strain of racism that infects Canadian culture and history, first off, and I doubt that I'm alone in finding it has also made me think of my individual identity as a settler Canadian in a different and useful way," said Samson, who donated his song "" about Ojibwa hockey hero Reggie Leach.

"It made sense for me to include [this] tune from my solo record Provincial, which came out last year," he explained. "It is a song in the form of an online petition to get the great First Nations hockey player Reggie Leach inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame." So far the petition is halfway to Samson's goal of 5,000 signatures.

McNarland thought that bringing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists together on one downloadable album would show how different cultures can work together. "As musicians, we have a built-in crowd and can use our collective voice to find more ears," she said.

A second downloadable compilation is currently being curated. (Read More)

Update: Jana Mashonee is going to be part of the "Idle No More: Songs for Life" Volume 3 compilation free download and She says that she is very happy to support this movement.

Jana Mashonee - A Change Is Gonna Come LIVE on Canada's Urban Rush TV

Responses to "Idle No More album unites Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes... music is the medicine, Derek!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Brillliant .... Loving what is happening here in support of Idle No More. The acknowledgement of different cultures working together. Thankyou everyone for your amazing contribution <3 Peace to all

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is good!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Together we are strong, all people standing up for Mother Earth. No more conquer and divide government tactics.

  5. Right on, we need more progressive people to join in the fight against corporate greed and the exploitation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and lands. We all live on the same planet.

  6. Unknown says:

    Absolutly Beautiful

  7. Anonymous says:

    awesome very good,message also,

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