Eekwol (born Lindsay Knight) is a rapper/educator/activist and community motivator from the Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan. Her passion for hip-hop, born from the genre’s attention to political, socioeconomic, and racial inequality began at the age of 16 soon flowered into her first independent album in 1998.
An academic as well as a musician, she dedicated her master’s studies at the University of Saskatchewan to an examination of the common themes and conventions that connect to the past and present generations of Indigenous music.
Eekwol’s political activism has truly been the focus of her life and music, utilizing her platform to voice the deep trauma created by actions such as Canada’s residential school system and the findings within the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman and Girls. Her music continues to be a powerful statement that relies on creative innovation to represent community realities of the past and present.
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Speak Up! is curated by David McLeod (member of the Pine Creek First Nation, MB), Indigenous programming consultant.