Wolostoq singer-songwriter Jeremy Dutcher offered up a powerful message on reconciliation during his acceptance speech at the 2019 Juno Awards.
Dutcher took home his first ever Juno Award with the Indigenous Music Album of the Year for his widely acclaimed record Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonaw. During his acceptance speech, Dutcher called out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his lack of effort when it comes to reconciling Indigenous communities with the rest of the population of Canada.
“Mr. Trudeau,” Dutcher says in the speech. “A nation-to-nation relationship does not look like pipelines, and a nation-to-nation relationship does not look like sending militarized police force into unceded territory.”
This means so much to me. I hope to continue to share and use this platform to tell truth. We can all do better. https://t.co/KqE4D2aN9I
— Jeremy Dutcher (@jdutchermusic) March 17, 2019
Before Dutcher was able to finish, his speech was cut off as he was signaled by music to exit the stage. Hamilton-based indie rock group the Arkells offered up their acceptance speech, giving their time to Dutcher and his message of reconciliation.
“There’s been so much wisdom shared on the stage tonight,” Arkells frontman Max Kerman explained. “But our friend Jeremy didn’t get a chance to finish. So he’s gonna finish the night as he should.”
Watch the speech in full through the two videos below.