An act of reclamation and defiance’: rising Cree star moves into new era – CBC

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An act of reclamation and defiance’: rising Cree star moves into new era – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 202212 Views

Nov 21, 2022

For Cree singer-songwriter Siibii, changing their name and reclaiming their Indigenous identity feels good.

“With my Eenou name, I feel so much more well-equipped. I feel pride and I feel a confidence,” said the 22-year-old Montreal-based artist from the northern Quebec Cree community of Mistissini.

They used to perform under their birth name Angel Baribeau. On Monday, they released their first video as Siibii, a Cree word meaning “river.” Siibii also intends to legally change their name to Siibii Petawabano, the Cree family name of their mother.

“It feels genuine, it feels so lovely, and it feels like an act of reclamation and defiance,” they said.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/siibii-cree-mistissini-music-reclamation-video-1.6656954

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