Toronto-based Indigenous and queer artist, actress, and activist Jayli Wolf joins us to perform her newest single “Lead Me,” as well as the haunting “Child of the Government.”
“‘Lead Me’ is about temptation and addiction,” Wolf explains. “It’s about knowing how good a person or a substance can make you feel but at the same time being aware that you need to fight the desire for your own self-preservation. I gave so much of my energy and life to addiction, and it was terribly difficult to fight, to no longer let it lead me.”
“Addiction is about survival. I wanted to escape my reality because I didn’t have the tools to change it. Temporary highs can be so enticing, but the cost is always higher. The video for the song illustrates being trapped by your proverbial demons, and for myself, finding healing through reclaiming my culture and taking my power back—breaking free from the chains of my past.”
Earlier this year, Wolf released her autobiographical Wild Whisper EP, which was inspired in part by her experience leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion, which she was raised in.
She also drew inspiration from her father’s experience in the Sixties Scoop, a period in Canadian history during which Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and placed in foster homes, where they were to be adopted by white families.
After spending the first eight years of her life believing they were Mexican, her father discovered that they were in fact Indigenous, and their family history began to be revealed. The world-shattering revelation set Wolf on a journey of self-discovery and cultural reclamation.
Her song “Child of the Government,” from the Wild Whisper EP, explores the tragic history and intergenerational trauma caused by the Sixties Scoop.