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Tara Williamson is a Winnipeg based poet and provocateur- the spark that ignites the flame. A First Nations singer/songwriter, her music is an unflinching document of self: the truth that hurts before it heals. Her first 2 EPs - Lie Low (produced by James McKenty) and ndn summer (produced by Kinnie Starr) were received with praise and made it on numerous music blogs and countdowns across Turtle Island. Her newest album, Songs to Keep Us Warm (produced by Jim Bryson), builds on the clever songwriting and expressive vocals heard in her first two EPs while revealing the deep heart of an artist willing to risk vulnerability in the pursuit of emotional truth. These songs invoke intimacy in its many unbreakable, deathless forms, and remind us how love changes our voice. Songs to Keep Us Warm features collaborations with Leanne Simpson and Cris Derksen and was nominated for Best Pop Album at the 2017 Indigenous Music Awards.
Not only a recording and performing artist, Tara is also a professional writer and educator. She served as the Editor of the online Indigenous media platform, Indian & Cowboy, spearheaded by Ryan McMahon and is developing a musical about murdered and missing Indigenous women under the mentorship of Tomson Highway.
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Photos by Summer Faith Garcia at RezKat Studios
Tara is a professional writer and educator. She holds degrees in social work, law, and Indigenous governance and has been a professor and instructor at Fleming College, Ryerson University/First Nations Technical Institute, Trent University, and the University of Winnipeg. She is currently a Researcher with the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.
Below are links to selections of writing by Tara. For a full CV, please contact Tara through the website or at email@example.com
Williamson, T. (2019). “Yes, cultural appropriation can happen within the Indigenous community and yes,
we should be debating it” (May 20, 2019) at CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/appropriation-debate-1.5142729
Williamson, T. (2017). “It’s a Joy To Watch Indigenous Children Shine” (September 21, 2017) at CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/blog/its-a-joy-to-watch-indigenous-children-shine
Williamson, T. (2017). “Barbara Kentner” ArtsEverywhere available online at: http://artseverywhere.ca/2017/07/06/barbara-kentner/
Williamson, T. (2017). “Reconciliation and The Vanishing Indian” The Monitor (May/June 2017). Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives available at:
Williamson, T. (2017). “Why gender is such a critical part of the national MMIW Inquiry.” (March 8, 2017) at CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/2017/why-gender-is-such-a-critical-part-of-the-national-mmiw-inquiry-1.4013949.
Williamson, T. (2017). “Just What Was the Sixties Scoop?” (February 17, 2017) at TVO: http://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/shared-values/just-what-was-the-sixties-scoop
Williamson, T. (2013) “Of Dogma and Ceremony.” Decolonization, Indigeneity, Education, and Society. (August 16, 2013). Ed. Eric Ritskes. http://decolonization.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/of-dogma-and-ceremony/