Impact stories

Below we highlight some of our past grant recipients and the projects they have completed!

Rudegang Entertainment

Albums and Travel

Meet Rudegang Entertainment; an Afro-Indigenous Hip Hop & Multimedia group hell bent on sharing authentic Hip Hop and Dope Content on the Regular. A Collective of four Talented Indigenous Artists (Hope, Doobie, Onata & Mamarudegyal MTHC), Rudegang Entertainment place a high value on Integrity and Authenticity in all they do. In 2014, Mamarudegyal MTHC teamed up with close friends and fellow Indigenous Hip Hop artists "Status Krew" to make Rudegang Entertainment an Official Entity on the Vancouver Hip Hop Scene, later joined by talented indigenous beat maker Onata. "We use our platform to speak power into BIPOC & Marginalized Communities at every opportunity."

Evan Redsky

Everything's The Same EP

Evan Redsky is a singer-songwriter from Mississaugi First Nation. He is a recipient of a Project Grant from the Samuel Family Connected North Youth Leadership Fund. Evan applied for a grant to finish an EP called “Everything’s The Same.” Listen to Evan Redsky on spotify

Dakota Bear

Music Video Projects

Dakota Bear (Dakk’One) is Plains Cree from Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan. He is a recipient of a Project Grant from the Samuel Family Connected North Youth Leadership Fund. Dakota applied for a grant to help make 2 music videos. The first video is called Dirty Laundry, and the second video made is called Lullaby. Listen to Dakk’One on spotify

Casey Desjarlais

30604 Apparel

Casey Desjarlais is a recipient of a Project Grant from the Samuel Family Connected North Youth Leadership Fund. Casey applied for funds to help support her business, 30604 Apparel. Casey states that it isn’t just a clothing brand, it is a movement that they are creating. With the funds they were able to collaborate, networks, and empower others to embrace their culture in a contemporary way.

Joshua Stribbell

National Urban Inuit Youth Council Gathering

Joshua Stribbell is a recipient of a Project Grant from the Samuel Family Connected North Youth Leadership Fund. Johs is the president of the Nation Urban Inuit Youth Council and the fund was one of their first supporters. With the funding, they were able to take a trip to Montreal to engage with the Southern Inuit Youth Council. Their goal is to strengthen the relationship between Northern and Southern communities. The fund helped to begin planning an exchange between Arviat and Toronto.

Kevin Wesaquate

Indigenous Poets Society

Kevin Wesaquate is from Piapot First Nation located in Treaty 4. He is a recipient of a Project Grant from the Samuel Family Connected North Youth Leadership Fund. Kevin applied for funding support for his organization called the Indigenous Poets Society which is a group of writers, spoken word artists, community advocates that come together and do spoken word poetry jams. Learn more about the Indigenous Poets Society