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The Earth Songs Project

The Earth Songs included below were created and gifted to instructors and pre-service teachers in the Faculty of Education with the intent being that they could be used freely by educators to learn about and practice the art of Indigenous song making. 

These songs do not belong to any particular Nation or family and therefore can be used and shared freely with acknowledgment given to their origins (see below).

                                      

Acknowledging the Earth Songs

These Earth Songs were composed by a community of learners in the Fall 2007 Education course called Learning and Teaching in an Indigenous World held on Coast Salish territory.  In the case of Bradley Dick's song, please acknowledge that he was the composer each tme it is used.

Learn More about using the Earth Songs

For more information, please refer to the Honouring the Earth Songs pdf explaining the gift, or see the Earth Songs Curriculum Guide.  Details on the care of drums can be found on the Earth Songs Drum Sheet.  A recording of the Victory Song can be found here.  

Gratitude

HÍSW̱ḴE to Dr. Lorna Williams, the knowledge keepers who led the learning: Butch Dick, Bradley Dick, STOLȻEL (John Elliot), Glenn Patterson, Lisa Shaw, Nikki Shelest and Michele Tanaka, and the team in Indigenous Education for sharing this project with all educators and learners in our community.

Indigenizing the New Music Curriculum

Dr. Anita Prest organized a three-part learning series for UVic Music Education students on indigenizing the new BC Curriculum K-9 and Draft Curriculum 10 - 12. The series was captured and shared here by UVSMEA students.  See below to hear from Dr. Lorna Williams, Butch Dick, and Alia Yeates.

In the following video, Dr. Lorna Williams explains the context in which the Earth Songs course was created, shares Lilwat principles of learning, as well as some student responses to the drumming workshops:

Listen to the Earth Songs: