Emma Stevens

Cape Breton

Seventeen-year-old Emma Stevens has been singing and performing most of her life but recently became a recording artist with the release of “My Unama’ki”, a song celebrating the strong and resilient indigenous culture of her home, the island of Unama’ki (Cape Breton). In 2019, to help bring awareness to the United Nations’ observance of The International Year of Indigenous Languages, Emma recorded Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” in her native, Mi’kmaq—a language with fewer than 10,000 living native speakers remaining. Emma’s version of “Blackbird” has garnered international acclaim and media attention that has helped to bring awareness to various efforts being undertaken to revitalize endangered indigenous languages around the world. Since its release, she has performed across Canada and internationally in Nairobi, Kenya and Abu Dhabi, UAE for United Nations assemblies where she sang and spoke to leaders and policy-makers from around the world. Emma is passionate about bringing awareness to important issues facing First Nations across Canada including the loss of language and the disappearance or death of more than 4000 indigenous women since the 1970s. Emma resides in Eskasoni First Nation, the largest indigenous community in Eastern Canada, where she is in her final year of high school.

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