Indigenous Singer-Songwriter Donita Large Addresses Grief and Trauma of Canadian Residential Schools With “Reconciliation Sky” – Cashbox Canada

by ahnationtalk on October 21, 2022270 Views

Oct 21, 2022

A healing image of orange sunsets mixes with heavy grief on Indigenous blues singer/songwriter Donita Large’s soaring new single “Reconciliation Sky.” Inspired by the horrific 2021 news headlines that 215 unmarked graves had been uncovered at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia, Donita does what she describes as “the emotional labour of reconciliation work as an Indigenous person” through her music with this new song – check it out on YouTube here:

Donita’s own father is a survivor of a residential school (as well as several other Cree & Metis family members), and so she needed a way to process the feelings that flooded her when the Kamloops story made the headlines. Friends and colleagues contacted her immediately when the story broke because, by that point, Donita had already been long been involved in teaching about the traumas wrought by the schools and assisting survivors with their interviews for Independent Assessment Process (IAP) claims for the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

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