Singing My Spirit of Identity: Aboriginal Music for Well-being in a Canadian Inner City

Klisala Harrison


In this article the author explores relationships between Aboriginal Canadian music-making, personal meaningfulness, identity and well-being in urban Canada, through a case study of Aboriginal singing in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Healing programs for remediating situations of substance misuse, crime, and violence, are examined as contexts for revealing how Aboriginal musical expressions, including ceremony, and associated teachings and world views, become significant as individuals choose and affirm lifestyles of wellness and dignity. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]