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Art and reconciliation: ‘It’s a way to tell a story that reaches more people’

By Bea Vongdouangchanh      

'The arts, whether in music, especially in music from A Tribe Called Red to Tanya Tagaq, or in film or in literature or painting, it becomes something that we’re able to access a different part of our minds. We’re able to access a part of us that is sometimes a little more caring and giving,' says Joseph Boyden.

Joseph Boyden, pictured in this file photo, says, 'We’re only as good a country as how we treat our most vulnerable and our most in need. First Nations youth is the fastest growing population in our country and often times they are being put in a position of being second-class citizens. We can ignore that all we want, but there’s going to be huge repercussions if we don’t start paying attention and start actually doing something.' The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster

Art is fundamental for social change and should be used to tell important stories, says bestselling Canadian author Joseph Boyden. “I think people sometimes—especially in this more contemporary world of throwaway music and six-second Vine videos—disregard art and the power of art. I think art has always been an instrument of social change at its very core,” Mr. Boyden told The Hill Times. “It’s the idea that artists are usually at the forefront and have got their pulse

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