When I first heard Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985, it truly felt like an education in the form of 34 songs that profoundly touched my my mind and soul. A year after hearing this music for the first time, I found myself standing on stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival behind seven Aboriginal artists overlooking out into a crowd of people overcome with wonder and admiration and eyes full of tears, just as I was. On July 9, 2016 the Winnipeg Folk Festival hosted a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration with Willie Thrasher (with Linda Saddleback), Willy Mitchell, Duke Redbird, Eric Landry, Shingoose and William Prince - proudly supported by APTN, and well-timed to commemorate Winnipeg's Year of Reconciliation. It was a tremendous honor to be invited along to document this incredible and historical experience. This is about reconciliation. This is about positivity. This is about love. About connecting, sharing and learning. This music represents a place in time that unfortunately parallels issues of today, and is as important now as it was when it was originally written and recorded. See more on the blog.