Item 2 - Interview with Andrew Balfour conducted by Hillary Chu

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Interview with Andrew Balfour conducted by Hillary Chu


  • December 10, 2020 (Creation)

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1 video recording (54 min, 8 sec.) : mp4

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Item is a video recorded interview between Hillary Chu (interviewer, representative of FoMARA) and Andrew Balfour (interviewee). Andrew Balfour is a Cree composer, conductor, singer, and sound designer whose works include choral, instrumental, and orchestral music. As a result of the Sixties Scoop, Andrew was raised in a non-Indigenous family in Alberta. Today he is a highly sought-after composer known for fusing Classical music traditions with Indigenous texts and themes to highlight the unsettling sociopolitical pressures and commentary that have surrounded Indigenous peoples in Canada for many years. Andrew and Hillary's conversation covers topics including education, equitable access to opportunities, violence against Indigienous peoples, and systemic discrimination. Trigger warning: the interview includes discussion of Residential Schools, and mentions of addiction.

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