Emma Stevens

Cape Breton

Sixteen-year-old Emma Stevens has been singing and performing most of her life, but last summer she became known as a recording artist as well with the release of “My Unama’ki”, a song in celebration of her indigenous heritage and love for her home. Most recently, to help bring awareness to the United Nations’ observance of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, Emma recorded Paul McCartney’s classic “Blackbird” in her native language, Mi’kmaq; a language with fewer than 10,000 living native speakers. Since its release, “Blackbird” has garnered considerable international media, helping to bring awareness to efforts to revitalize endangered indigenous languages around the world. In May 2019, Emma was invited to perform in Nairobi, Kenya at the Inaugural International Assembly of the Habitat division of the UN for more than 1000 leaders and policy-makers from around the world. Emma spoke to the assembly about two important issues facing First Nations across Canada: the loss of language and culture, and the disappearance or death of more that 4000 indigenous women across Canada since the 1970s. Emma resides in Eskasoni, the largest indigenous community in Eastern Canada, where she continues to work on a variety of musical projects.

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