During his acceptance speech at the 2019 Juno Awards, Wolostoq singer-songwriter Jeremy Dutcher had a powerful message about reconciliation in Canada.

Jeremy Dutcher won Indigenous Music Album of the Year for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonaw. During his acceptance speech, he called out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his lack of effort when it comes to reconciling Indigenous communities with the rest of the population of Canada.

“Mr. Trudeau, a nation-to-nation relationship does not look like pipelines, and a nation-to-nation relationship does not look like sending militarized police force into unceded territory” he said in his speech.

However, before he was able to finish, he was cut and signaled by music to exit the stage. Later, indie rock band the Arkells called Jeremy back on stage and gave their acceptance speech time to Jeremy so he could continue with his message of reconciliation.

“There’s been so much wisdom shared on the stage tonight,” Arkells frontman Max Kerman explained. “But our friend Jeremy didn’t get a chance to finish. So he’s gonna finish the night as he should.”

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