How Indigenous Musicians Are Using Song to Reclaim Their Identities

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Singer. Jelly wolf was raised as a jehovah's witness a community that had very strict rules. Jelly grew up. Not knowing her father. A survivor of the sixties scoop that saw tens of thousands of indigenous children from across the country taken from their families by the canadian government and adopted out mostly to non-indigenous families between the nineteen sixties and the nineteen eighties. As a child he was stripped of his identity. So jay le-. She grew up in what she calls. A doomsday cult raised as a jehovah's witness in a small town in bc. It wasn't until she was seventeen that she learned who father was and that he was indigenous. A member of the soto. First nation jamie's identity has shifted through the years the community she was raised in forbade engaging much with the outside world let alone making music so she left to discover who she really is and pursue a life of self expression. Daily wolf joins me now from her home in toronto gaoli. Welcome to the show. Thank you so much for having me. So that song that we just heard child of the government it centers on the trauma. Your dad and family experienced in the sixties scoop. You wrote this incredibly personal song about him. But what did you know about who he was when you were growing up. I didn't know much. I knew that will. I thought that he was of mexican descent and my mom told me that. He struggled a lot with addiction issues and that was all i knew of him And then being in the religion. I didn't just never really thought to. I don't know reach out. I saw him one time on a street. Actually and i was just walking down the street with my grandmother. And my just kinda of looked like. Oh wow i remember disturbingly. You know who that was and i was like. Yeah those my dad. And i've never seen a picture of him or anything so it was really the only thing i knew my dad. I saw him once he dark skin. I thought he was mexican and he struggled. That's all. I knew

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