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From Nunavut to B.C.: Darkspark connects students across Canada with the power of music

One of the non-profit's latest series focuses on helping students voice their perspectives about Canada's colonial history through song.
Kaily Ongahak records a song at Weledeh Catholic School in Yellowknife. (Avery Zingel/CBC)
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Darkspark, a Canadian non-profit, is connecting students all across Canada with the power of music. In an effort to promote cross-cultural understanding, the Darkspark team travels far distances to diverse Canadian schools where they help students write and record their own tracks. They encourage students to express how they feel about life in their communities, and share that with others. One series, The Four Directions Project, is focused on helping students voice their perspectives about Canada's colonial history through song. Darkspark has released the first of a two-volume album capturing that music. Darkspark has also just been awarded the Intercultural Innovation Award from the United Nations Alliance of Civilization. It's founders, Melissa Larkin and D'Ari Lisle, join q to discuss how Darkspark came to be, their upcoming projects, and of course, listen to a few of the students' stand-out hits.

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— Produced by Vanessa Greco

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