Members of the Eskasoni First Nation will be featured in the latest music video by Myles Goodwyn of Canadian hard rock band April Wine.
April Wine trained in Halifax and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Goodwyn said he wanted a way to amplify Indigenous voices around the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The song, Honey where are youfocuses on the pain of missing a loved one.
For the project, he collaborated with Kalolin Johnson to sing and translate the lyrics into Mi’kmaq.
“It was awesome and it was so much fun,” said Goodwyn, 73, who is based in Halifax.
“I don’t know the Mi’kmaq language…but it was a very special experience working with Kalo Johnson.”
Johnson said it was a joy to work with Goodwyn. Now 22, she has been singing since she was nine and is fluent in the Mi’kmaq language. She said singing is part of her identity and is honored every time she sings in her language.
When she was approached to collaborate on this project and heard that it was about raising awareness about violence against Aboriginal women, she knew she wanted to be part of it.
“The beginning of awareness and change begins within us so that we can contribute to the health and safety of our nations,” Johnson said.
She said she thinks the video is special because it showcases her community.
The music video was shot over two days in Sydney, Nova Scotia and Eskasoni First Nation.
Eskasoni is nestled between the mountains and Bras d’Or Lake, and the video was filmed on Goat Island on the edge of the reserve. Community members were decked out in traditional regalia and items to participate in the music video.
Johnson said it was all special for his community.
“You can see a piece of yourself in these videos,” Johnson said.
Goodwyn said her experience at Eskasoni was beautiful and the people were nice.
The four-and-a-half-minute song will be released as part of Goodwyn’s upcoming album Long pantswhich falls on June 23. The music video is set to be released on June 21 on YouTube on National Indigenous Peoples Day.