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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.

Tara Williamson’s songs are unflinching and direct, hopeful and generous, suffused with snowy light. With Songs to Keep Us Warm, she offers us a safe haven from the storm.
— Christine Fellows
Williamson emerges as her own force, one that is as gentle as it is strong. In these songs, she pushes out into dark waters again and again, always returning to solid ground.
— Damian Rogers
Tara Williamson’s “Songs to Keep Us Warm” is an invitation. From the irresistible pop of “New York/LA” to the soothing lullaby of “Little Star,” this gorgeous album is in fact nine thoughtful and catchy invitations - to curl up, to listen closely, to hug yourself tightly, to hold someone close to you, to sing along, to sway, to dance, and to stand still. Invitations to “believe me, believe me” (I do) and “bring your hunger for ferocious love” (I will). When Tara says, “I sing you a love song,” my advice is to take it personally - yes, whatever you do, accept the invitation. Say yes and keep warm.
— Christa Couture



Photos by Sean Stiller


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 info.tarawilliamson@gmail.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/