Tomson Highway's Songs in the Key of Cree is a collection of Cree and English songs that are part of a collaborative research project on Indigenous languages revitalization. On November 19, 2019, the Waterloo community was delighted by a Songs in the key of Cree integrated performance-speaker event, with captivating vocalist Patricia Cano, guitarist Kevin Barrett, saxophonist Marcus Ali, and fiddler/guitarist Nathan Halcrow, joined by artist and History MA candidate Emma Rain Smith. The performance featured songs from Tomson’s musicals: Rose, The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito; The (Post) Mistress and the new Cree-language play, Lynx Lamour goes to Nashville. Read about the Songs in the Key of Cree project.
The Indigenous Speakers Series is co-presented by the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, the Faculty of Arts, the Department of History, and the Department of Communication Arts. The Series highlights the voices of Indigenous artists, writers, activists, and leaders from across Turtle Island, offering UWaterloo students, faculty and staff opportunities to learn from, understand, and engage with Indigenous issues.