A collective of Indigenous young people release a song and music video about connection and belonging. Entitled LOVE and HOPE, the song asks the wider community to listen with their hearts to the lived experiences of Indigenous young people, their friends, families and communities and to consider the role they play in addressing the impacts of racism and the alarming rates of Indigenous youth suicide.
Featuring the voices of Indigenous people from Australia and Canada the song was co-written by young people with songwriting mentors from the Homelands Tour and the Youth Music Mentoring Project at the 2nd National and World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conferences.
The release was produced by Katie Symes for Culture is Life and the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, UWA and features original music by Glenn Skuthorpe with performances by Justice-Lee Quachegan, Natasha Eldridge, Deanne Moore, Delroy Bergsma, Kathleen Cox, Jaydan Ahmat and Thelma Cheechoo.
The song was recorded, mixed and mastered by Colin Wynne at Thirty Mills Studios and also recorded across a number of other studios in Australia and Canada including Forest, Yama-Nui, David Dowe and Street Front Studios.
The music video is by Brian Cohen at Media Unit B.
We acknowledge and pay respects to the Noongar people, the traditional custodians of the lands and waterways on which the music video was filmed. We thank all Indigenous Elders and conference delegates from around the world who came together to share their stories and cultures.