Thursday, 6 May 2010

Laurier to honour Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie, an award-winning singer-songwriter and advocate for aboriginal rights, will receive an honorary degree at Laurier Brantford's convocation ceremony June 23.

Born on the Canadian Piapot Cree Indian reserve , legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Saint-Marie came to prominence during the mid 60s as part of New York’s Greenwich Village folk scene alongside contemporaries Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. Artists such as Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin and Taj Mahal turned her early songs into hits, while her own successful recording career has realised more than fifteen albums. Buffy also has a PhD in Fine Arts and is a tireless political activist, continuing to represent the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.

In 1969, she launched the Nihewan Foundation for Native American Education, which continues to help native youth and others learn about Native American culture.

There will be two Laurier Brantford convocation ceremonies on June 23 at the Sanderson Centre. Sainte-Marie will receive her honorary degree at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

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