Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year

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The Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year is an annual award presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for the best album by a Canadian aboriginal person. It was formerly known as Aboriginal Recording of the Year (2003–2009) and Best Music of Aboriginal Canada Recording (1994–2002).

The award faced controversy in its inaugural year, after nominee Sazacha Red Sky was accused of cultural appropriation.[1] According to the surviving children of Chief Dan George, the writer of the song she had been nominated for, she was not personally a member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation and according to the George family did not have the right to record it under their cultural traditions.[1] George's son Leonard sought a legal injunction to prevent the award from being presented at the Juno Awards ceremony at all,[2] and a final compromise revising Red Sky's nomination to reflect the album instead of the song was announced on the morning of the ceremony.[3]

Winners[edit]

Best Music of Aboriginal Canada Recording (1994–2002)[edit]

Year Winner(s) Album Nominees Ref.
1994 Wapistan Wapistan Is Lawrence Martin [4]
1995 Susan Aglukark Arctic Rose [5]
1996 Jerry Alfred and the Medicine Beat ETSI Shon "Grandfather Song" [6]
1997 Buffy Sainte-Marie Up Where We Belong [7]
1998 Mishi Donovan The Spirit Within [8]
1999 Robbie Robertson Contact from the Underworld of Redboy [9]
2000 Chester Knight and the Wind Falling Down [10]
2001 Florent Vollant Nipaiamianan [11]
2002 Eagle & Hawk On and On [12]

Aboriginal Recording of the Year (2003–2009)[edit]

Year Winner(s) Album Nominees Ref.
2003 Derek Miller Lovesick Blues [13]
2004 Susan Aglukark Big Feeling [14]
2005 Taima Taima [15]
2006 Burnt Project 1 Hometown [16]
2007 Leela Gilday Sedzé [17]
2008 Derek Miller The Dirty Looks [18]
2009 Buffy Sainte-Marie Running for the Drum [19]

Aboriginal Album of the Year (2010–present)[edit]

Year Winner(s) Album Nominees Ref.
2010 Digging Roots We Are... [20]
2011 CerAmony CerAmony
2012 Murray Porter Songs Lived and Life Played
2013 Crystal Shawanda Just Like You
2014 George Leach Surrender
2015 Tanya Tagaq Animism

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Controversy surrounds aboriginal category". Montreal Gazette, March 20, 1994.
  2. ^ "Dispute threatens aboriginal Juno award". Toronto Star, March 19, 1994.
  3. ^ a b "Juno compromise reached in native song controversy". Toronto Star, March 20, 1994.
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  5. ^ "Aglukark, Susan". Canon. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
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  17. ^ "2007 Juno Awards". MetroLeap Media. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  18. ^ "Aboriginal Recording of the Year 2008" (PDF). Library Bound Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  19. ^ "2009 Juno Awards". MetroLeap Media. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  20. ^ "2010 Juno Awards". MetroLeap Media. Retrieved 2010-08-06.