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Two music videos featuring 22 indigenous Surrey students representing 19 Nations have been released, with student-written lyrics and compelling visuals that shed light on some of the challenges facing indigenous youth in an urban setting.
Done through the project Our Story, Our Future, the videos were created in partnership with Aboriginal Learning and N'we Jinan, a non-profit production company that seeks to capture the voices of indigenous youth, empowering them to share what they feel is an important message. N'we Jinan brings a mobile recording studio and professional music producer into schools across North America to provide students a creative outlet to express themselves.
The videos, called "Hide & Seek" and "Show Us The Way," both centre on young indigenous people embracing and acknowledging their heritage.
Hide & Seek features nine secondary students. The message is conveyed through melodies and rap rhymes.
"The closer you look the more that you see;
the wisdom of elders come back to me.
Once taken from home, but now we are free,
we won't forget where we are meant to be."
Show Us The Way, was created with 13 Grade 4-7 students. It is about standing tall, coming together, learning from the elders and passing on tradition.
"See who I am, I've got something to say;
I'll show you again, don't want to be afraid;
I'll be learning for the rest of my days;
So I'll stand tall if you teach me the ways;
As we look to the future will you see me the same?"
The songs are available for purchase on iTunes.