Sandra recently published a song book that combines the talents of four outstanding artists. She decided proceeds from the Cluster Stars Song Book will go to support Canadian recording artist Gord Downie’s legacy of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Named after Sandra’s debut album, the Cluster Stars Song Book invites you to explore the Indigenous world view through music, lyrics, art and photography. This song book promises to engage you beyond reading and reflection – it’s also meant to be coloured!
All donations for the songbook go to the Downie & Wenjack Fund in support their programming and events.
Sandra and her word piece, Indian in the Child, were featured in Shooting the Breeze, a community publication serving Pincher Creek and southwest Alberta. We've isolated the feature story, so you can read more about the motivation behind Indian in the Child.
Sandra also had the honour of performing with Doug Charters and Darren Barton at Calgary's Olympic Plaza to commemorate Canada's first national day of Truth and Reconciliation. Metis Elder Edmee Cornstock (right frame) began the day with an opening prayer, in English and Michif, and a reminder that love will see us through these challenging times.
Sandra recently acquired some powerful images to go along with her spoken word piece, Indian in the Child, a tribute to residential school survivors and those who perished. With the recent discovery of unmarked graves at residential schools near Kamloops and Cowessess Nations, many Canadians are struggling to come to terms with our country's mistreatment of Indigenous people. Indian in the Child, (or see video above), from the Cluster Stars album, aims to honour those who have suffered, died and lost loved ones as a result of the government's misguided policies. It is also our hope that you will join the movement to promote truth and reconciliation and, in doing so, help forge a better future of Indigenous people in Canada. If you would like to learn more about the making of this video, listen to CBC's Shauna Powers interview with Sandra and Trevor Sutter on Saskatchewan Weekend.
Also in July, Sandra was appointed to a federal task force to review Canada's Employment and Equity Act, a key piece of legislation that aims to promote fairness, equity and diversity in federally regulated workplaces. Sandra's appointment is for nine months and she assures us it won't interfere with her creative endeavors. In fact, the task force's work will contribute to a sense of diversity, acceptance and belonging in the workplace - themes that run through much of her music. You can read more about this appointment by viewing the news release.
Sandra took home the Metis Artist-Group of the Year Award at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards which took place virtually on June 12 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Click on Winner poster to watch her reaction to receiving the award. Click here to read the news release.
Sandra was honoured to be featured in a short documentary created, produced, directed and edited by Abby Kendall. The 11-minute video was part of her Indigenous Film Studies class at Mount Royal University. Check out this aspiring, young film maker's work, Afternoon with Sandra Sutter: Indigenous Women in the Arts.
Sandra joined Rhonda Head, host of Indigenous Super Stars podcast for a live fireside chat and performance. Rhonda interviews Indigenous musicians from all over the world and Sandra appeared on her Feb. 9 podscast. Click here to view the podcast.
Sandra joined Windspeaker Radio to promote her new album, and share a few of her favourite Christmas memories.