Montreal, July 7, 2022 – Hi, kuei (innu-aimun), kweih (crie), kwei (atikamekw), boozhoo (anishinabé), kwaï (w8banaki), pusu’l (micmaque), kwehkwe (kanien’ke’ha), waachiyaa (naskapi), halu (inuktitut), ndio (wendat), ‘qey (wolastoqey)! 

We were so excited to tell you the news that Laura Niquay has won the SOCAN Foundation – Fondation SOCAN Indigenous Songwriter of Canada Award, succeeding Anachnid, the last winner. What a joy to know that her voice, music and language are crossing the country.

“My strength comes from my roots and the teachings of my mother and elders. With my music, I want to encourage the Atikamekw and the members of the Indigenous communities to be proud of who they are and to follow the path of their ancestors. For me, the transmission, through music, of our language to the younger generations is essential” explains Laura Niquay. “I am honoured to receive this award, thank you to the SOCAN Foundation and TD, and congratulations to all the artists recognized for their incredible talent.” – Laura. 

The SOCAN Foundation TD Indigenous Songwriter Award was created in 2018 to recognize and celebrate the artistic merit demonstrated by Indigenous songwriters of all musical genres. Laura will receive a $10,000 scholarship as well as various career development opportunities.