Adrian Sutherland teams up with students for special ‘Walk With Me’ music video to mark National Truth and Reconciliation Day

By Becca Longmire.

Adrian Sutherland’s brand new music video for « Walk With Me » is here.

The musician, from Attawapiskat First Nation on James Bay, teamed up with elementary school children in Beachburg, Ont., for the video.

The children were eager to do something special to mark Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday.

Teacher Steve Pritchard shared how the video came about: “I teach at an elementary school in Beachburg, Ontario. My 6th/7th and 7th/8th grade classes are looking for ways to follow up with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ideas. We heard Adrian Sutherland’s song ‘Walk With Me’ and decided to reach out.

“Students are really interested in finding ways to be part of the healing moving forward and trying to find practical ways to do that in their lives now,” he continued.

Adrian Sutherland. Credit: Nadya Kwandibens

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Pritchard continued, “Our intentions are to understand the steps needed to heal our community and our nation from the wrongs of the past. Our hopes are to create a video around the song “Walk With Me,” involving both younger and older students, that represents our newfound learning about truth and reconciliation.

« This project will involve tracing hands and feet to be used to create a mural of a heart, and posters with statements reflecting the 94 calls to action… »

This Friday marks the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. The day was marked for the first time in 2021 to honor the victims, survivors, families and communities affected by residential schools.

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