“Canadian police went to great lengths to silence this story. Journalists and filmmakers documenting this history have variously been blocked from accessing newsworthy events…” — filmmaker Michael Toledano
“Our plan, and we haven't told Canada yet…is to use that funding framework specific to child welfare and put it on every sector of funding when it comes to our funding across our northern member nations and that would cover education and health and justice…” —co-chair David Pratt, National Assembly of Remote Communities
“Our land and our water has spirit, just like a living being that we need to protect… They can't speak for themselves and we have to be the ones that do that.” — Treaty One Nations Chairperson Gordon BlueSky
“I do remember walking onto that stage and thinking, ‘Don't mess this up’ and it took me about half the song to truly get in the moment and then, in a blink of an eye, it was over.” —Aysanabee on his 2023 JUNOS performance with Northern Cree.
“Our people recognized our inherent right to govern our lands and waters in a good way, to steward and speak for the beings and the supernaturals, and to uphold our inherent responsibility to care for our homelands.” —Council of the Haida Nation President Gaagwiis (Jason Aslop)
“My mother was trained by my grandmother, and it was really the first time that these dances had taken place since prior to the Potlatch ban.” — Maragret Grenier on the origins of Dancers of Damelahamid