In an interview for TVA Nouvelles, rapper Samian recalls the importance of National Indigenous Peoples Day, and regrets that François Legault refuses to make it a holiday.
• Read also: Samian Music Video: A Tribute to the Children of Kamloops
• Read also: National Indigenous Peoples Day: five artists who are talking about them
For the Quebec rapper from the Abitibiwinni First Nation, “the First Nations are the roots of Quebec and Canada. June 21 should be underlined in the same way as June 24, as the 1is July”.
According to him, “[François Legault] missed out on the greatest opportunity of his life ”by refusing to make June 21 a public holiday.
Asked about the discovery of the 215 bodies of Aboriginal children discovered on the grounds of a former residential school in British Columbia, he worries: “We wonder how far it can go. What we found in British Columbia was the tip of the iceberg. It remains a legal genocide, unpunished. Nobody is going to be held responsible for all this, who is going to be punished? ”.
Samian will launch its 5e album, Nowhere, sung entirely in Algonquin. It will be unveiled during the Présence festival.