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Kelly Fraser

Youth – Inuit (2019)

Sanikiluaq, NU

Kelly Fraser is an Inuk artist that uses modern pop music to strengthen Inuit culture and language and to promote the Inuit way of life to young people across Canada. She was nominated for Indigenous Album of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards and Best Pop Album at the Indigenous Music Awards for her second-ever album, ᓄᓕᐊᔪᒃ (Sedna) written with a mix of English and Inuktitut. She believes that contemporary music in Inuktitut will increase pride in Inuit identity. By sharing her own personal struggles, Kelly brings hope to Indigenous youth who are struggling like she has. When she’s not creating or performing her own music, Kelly teaches Inuktitut language lessons, does cultural and motivational speaking, teaches songwriting, and helps to organize Nunavut Hitmakerz, a project which aims to give underprivileged Nunavummiut youth opportunities to learn creative expression and technical skills.