Electronic trip-hop singer-songwriter iskwē sparks dialogue with her politically-charged lyrics and outspoken stances on topics ranging from pipelines to suicide prevention. Raised in Winnipeg, the Toronto-based artist is connected to and greatly inspired by her heritage. Her mother is Cree/Dene/Métis, and iskwē’s traditional name is waseskwan iskwew – which translates to “blue sky woman.”
On stage, iskwē captivates audiences with her powerful vocals and traditionally-inspired face make-up. During her 2018 Canada Day appearance on Parliament Hill, she paid tribute to the resilience of Indigenous peoples and honoured the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women with her songs “The Unforgotten” and “Nobody Knows”.
iskwē has garnered many awards including a 2018 JUNO Nomination for Indigenous Album of the Year for The Fight Within, a 2017 West Coast Music Award (WCMA) for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year, and the 2017 REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award.
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Speak Up! is curated by David McLeod (member of the Pine Creek First Nation, MB), Indigenous programming consultant.