TORONTO – Juno Awards organizers are renaming the aboriginal album of the year category to indigenous music album of the year.
Juno president and CEO Allan Reid says the change acknowledges all First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities in Canada and “aims to honour, respect and acknowledge the indigenous peoples of Canada and their long standing contributions to the Canadian music industry.”
The Juno award, which was introduced in 1994, was originally titled best music of aboriginal Canada recording.
A committee of Juno organizers suggested it was timely to consider a broader name for the category, after Canada fully adopted the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People last year.
Juno chairman Alan Greyeyes says he felt the UN declaration “provided a stronger foundation for our collective movement than what had been established around the term ‘aboriginal.'”
The renamed Juno award will be presented at this year’s gala dinner on April 1 in Ottawa.
A live televised ceremony of other categories and live performances airs the following night on CTV.
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