They danced in Classified’s new video and prayed for the missing and murdered

Summer Sylliboy and Jaici Syliboy, both 11, in music video about missing, murdered Indigenous women


Eleven-year-old Summer Sylliboy says it was a “blessing” to be in a music video played this week for her Grade 6 classmates — one that’s so thought-provoking, a few wiped tears away as they watched it in their Truro, N.S., school.

The video is for Nova Scotia rapper Classified’s new song, Powerless, released Friday. It’s gaining attention because of its unflinching lyrics that tackle the challenging issues of child abuse and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Shot in Nova Scotia with members of Mi’kmaq communities participating, the video features scenes such as an emotionally charged confrontation at a courthouse, dances of healing in a forest of towering trees, and dancers encircling drummers in a cornfield.