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Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

Nov 7, 2019 | Funding Recipient

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson has made it her life’s work and passion to perpetuate the Haida songs of her culture. Born and raised in Haida Gwaii off the west coast of Canada, Terri-Lynn has been a promoter of Haida music since the age of 13. For her work, which has spanned almost 40 years and has helped bring renewal to Haida songs, she received a ‘Keeper of Traditions’ Canadian Aboriginal Music Award in 2008.

In August 2017, Terri-Lynn released her third album Grizzly Bear Town with guitarist Bill Henderson and saxophonist Claire Lawrence of acclaimed band Chilliwack. The new songs illustrate Haida stories about land, resource stewardship and spirituality. Launched to critical acclaim, the new album beautifully illustrates the trio’s ongoing commitment to preserving and promoting precepts of harmony and conservation.

Her first traditional album: Lalaxaaygans: Beautiful Sound, and her second album, New Journeys, received multiple awards and nominations, including Best Female Traditional/Cultural Roots at the 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA), a ‘Best Female Artist’ at the 2011 CAMA, and was cited as one of the top 10 Most Influential Indigenous Albums of 2011 by RPM Indigenous Music Culture. In 2012, ‘Have a Light Heart on Your New Journey’ reached No 2 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown, and was on this chart for almost 40 weeks.

Terri-Lynn founded the Haida Gwaii Singers Society with other veteran Haida singers including her husband, artist Robert Davidson in 2000. The two box set collections are now part of museum and school collections and preserve songs that might otherwise have been lost. One of the CD’s freceived the Best Female Traditional/Cultural Roots award at the 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA).

Terri-Lynn is also a well-known lawyer representing the Haida Nation in the area of aboriginal-environmental law, and is a Principal Lawyer at White Raven Law Corporation.

Creative BC is proud to support Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson as part of the BC Music Fund’s Careers of BC Artists Program.

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