On March 10 and 11, the It Matters to Us conference took place at Western University in London, Ontario. The event included workshops and storytelling related to the legacy of Canada's residential schools. Other elements included opening and closing prayers, a healing song and a talking circle—with special fanfare for the keynote speaker, Wab Kinew. Kinew, in case you don't know, is a rock star of Canadian Indigenous politics, entertainment, and thought. He's an academic (at the University of Winnipeg) and journalist (for Aljazeera America) as well as a TV personality (he hosted the acclaimed 8th Fire series for the CBC) and hip hop artist.
The Sisters of All Nations, an all-female drum group formed by Western University students of various Native backgrounds, were also part of the conference. In a show of appreciation, they invited Wab Kinew backstage and serenaded him with their version of Blackstreet's '90s R&B hit "No Diggity." As you can tell from this video, a good time was had by all: