N'we Jinan project helps First Nations youth find voice through music
'Arts has a real power to shape culture and to shape communities,' music producer says
Youth from remote First Nations communities are getting a chance to express themselves in song through an initiative called N'we Jinan.
"I really believe … arts has a real power to shape culture and to shape communities," said Hodges.
"We basically worked… to bring music studios into all the Cree communities in Quebec, mainly because there's an absence of music programming and arts," said Hodges.
With a lot of undiscovered talent in communities, projects like his help youth find their inner musician, he said.
"I think one of the things I've learned from this is the youth want to be heard. I think that a lot of times, we're not sure how to be able to … get them to be heard in a constructive way," said Hodges.
The N'we Jinan project is touring Quebec Cree communities until March 2016.