Buffy Sainte-Marie, the iconic singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, social activist, educator, philanthropist and visual artist, has been awarded the 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. Buffy will receive this honour at the 2017 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 1st in Ottawa, ON, in recognition of her dedication to protecting indigenous communities and indigenous intellectual property, which have been at the epicentre of her lifelong activism.
“I’ve had some great partners in mobilizing my ideas in art, education and technology, especially the W.K. Kellogg Foundation who taught me that there’s a difference between an administrator and a visionary. Both are important but visionaries are seldom pushy in that business way that administrators learn; and visionaries don’t think in corporate pecking order terms so often get squashed out in normal business systems,” said Sainte-Marie. “I’ve been lucky enough to work in both worlds, and although my timing has sometimes been off and gotten my big mouth into trouble, other times, with the help of other people, I’ve been effective beyond my expectations. So I thank all my colleagues in and outof the music business for helping put my songs to work.”