Roundtable on Indigenous Music Sovereignty

Event Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Online Event: 


How does your orchestra invite mutually enriching, reciprocal, and respectful exchanges with Indigenous artists? Not only in what’s on the program – but also in the experience of creating together.  

In 2019, ten artists came together in Banff for the Canadian Indigenous Classical Music Gathering, and co-authored the Statement on Indigenous Musical Sovereignty*. It reads:  

Maintaining ownership and control of our stories and artistic projects is of vital importance for  Indigenous creators. […] We as Indigenous creators are best positioned to tell our stories that discuss hard truths faced by our communities. 



On Wednesday, May 26, 2:00-3:30 pm Eastern Time, join Orchestras Canada for a Roundtable on Indigenous Musical Sovereignty. In this session hosted by Cris Derksen (Juno-nominated cellist and member of OC’s Equity committee), you’ll learn about some of the right questions to ask and protocols to establish in your collaborations from the first-hand experiences and reflections of eight Indigenous musicians, composers, and educators. 

We invite all Orchestra musicians, board members, supporters and staff (from front of house to CEO!) to join us and take part in this learning. 



Cris Derksen (host)
Juno nominated cellist, composer, member of OC’s Equity Committee 

Andrew Balfour
composer, conductor, singer, sound designer 

Ian Cusson

Michelle Lafferty

Beverley McKiver
pianist, teacher, composer 

Melody McKiver
violinist/violist, drummer/percussionist, producer, composer 

Jessica McMann
musician, dancer, choreographer, consultant 

Sonny-Ray Day Rider
pianist, composer