TWIN FLAMES HOPE TO USE MUSIC TO REVITALIZE INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES, STORYTELLING

Ottawa-based duo recorded a song for UNESCO's International Year of Indigenous Languages

Jaaji, left, and Chelsey June, right, make up Ottawa duo Twin Flames. The musicians recorded their song Human for the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. (Sean Sisk)

CBC is doing a series of stories to recognize that the United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The observance is meant to raise awareness about the consequences of losing endangered languages, and to establish a link between language, development, peace and reconciliation.


When Chelsey June and Jaaji take the stage as the band Twin Flames, they want to break down barriers and help people connect with each other — no matter what background they come from.

That’s their message in their new single Human, which is a song for UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. June, who is Métis, and Jaaji, who is Inuk and Mohawk, say they want to reach people who do not speak their languages

The band, which has won several national music awards for their work, blends contemporary folk music with Indigenous storytelling. Their songs are in English, Inuktitut and French.

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