(L to R) Native Musicians Vince Fontaine, Gabrielle Fontaine and Don Amero combine talents in paying tribute to Indigenous families affected by MMIW in 'Through the Flood.'

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(L to R) Native Musicians Vince Fontaine, Gabrielle Fontaine and Don Amero combine talents in paying tribute to Indigenous families affected by MMIW in 'Through the Flood.'

VIDEO: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Honored in Indian City’s ‘Through the Flood’ Song

Native Musicians Vince Fontaine and Don Amero combine talents to paying tribute to Indigenous families affected by MMIW in 'Through the Flood'

Winnipeg-based Indigenous pop band Indian City, which includes Native musicians Vince Fontaine and Don Amero, have released a video Through the Flood, which is a reflection on the numerous cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIW, MMIWG) across Canada.

Through the Flood, Indian City’s second single from their third full-length album, Here & Now, pays tribute to the tragic losses faced by Indigenous families.

In 2016, Indian City and Eagle & Hawk bandleader Vince Fontaine and JUNO Award-nominated singer-songwriter Don Amero began sketching musical ideas to honor Canada’s MMIW, MMIWG and their families. Fontaine knew it was important to include the feminine perspective in this tribute. Thus, his 19-year old daughter and emerging Indigenous musician Gabrielle Fontaine joined the writing process.

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“This was a very difficult song to write,” said Fontaine in a release. “But it is very important to continue the dialogue around this tragic issue. We want to remember those we have lost, and share the weight with families in pain. Socially, we want to foster a future of healing and positive change. Politically, we want to continue the conversation of equal weight to tragedies across all communities.”

“Our song describes the hope emerging as we all stand together with these families in the midst of the healing process,” says Gabrielle Fontaine. “I am honored to have been a part of bringing this song to life, and collaboratively, finding the words to say through song, we hope to bring more people together to stand with these families.”

“Since 1980, over 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have been reported as missing and murdered,” said First Nations JUNO award-nominated artist Don Amero. “This is a prayer and petition for those that we have lost. This is our song of hope. We stand with those feeling the pain and turmoil and sing for justice and truth to prevail.”

Indian City’s album, Here & Now, was released in February 2017. This song will make its first public debut during the opening weekend of the Canada Summer Games (July 28-August 13) on Saturday, July 29 at Indigenous Voices, Songs and Sounds at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Through the Flood
Lyrics

Dark secrets
Darker lies
Fading heartbeat
Fading cries

Started sinking
Like a stone
Going down
Not going home

The tide has turned
The waters rise
Another day passes by

I could see them, I could see them
My love
I could see them I could see them
My blood
Rising through the flood

Glimpse of brightness
Ray of light
Rising up
Ending night

Never here
Never gone
Hope returns
When the dawn

The tide has turned
The waters rise
Another day passes by

I could see them, I could see them
My love
I could see them I could see them
My blood
Rising through the flood

Brothers stand
Sisters too
I am right here
Next to you

Won’t give up
Won’t let go
As waters rise
Through the storm

I could see them, I could see them
My love
I could see them I could see them
My blood
Rising through the flood

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