Media Advisory - Activist, singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie will address over 2,000 delegates at the 2007 CUPE National Convention



    TORONTO, Oct. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - On Tuesday morning October 16, Canadian
activist, singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie will address delegates from
across Canada at the 2007 CUPE National Convention.
    Buffy Sainte-Marie virtually invented the role of Native American
international activist pop star. Her concern for protecting indigenous
intellectual property and her distaste for the exploitation of Native American
artists and performers has kept her in the forefront of activism in the arts
for forty years. Presently she operates the Nihewan Foundation for Native
American Education whose Cradleboard Teaching Project serves children and
teachers in eighteen states.
    She made 17 albums of her music, three of her own television specials,
spent five years on Sesame Street, scored movies, helped to found Canada's
'Music of Aboriginal Canada' JUNO category, raised a son, earned a Ph.D. in
Fine Arts, taught Digital Music as adjunct professor at several colleges, and
won an Academy Award for the song Up Where We Belong.
    She disappeared from mainstream American airwaves for a number of years.
As part of a blacklist, which affected Eartha Kitt, Taj Mahal and a host of
other outspoken performers, her name was included on White House stationery as
among those whose music "deserved to be suppressed".




For further information:

For further information: to arrange an interview or to request a press
pass to her address, contact: Wendy Forbes, CUPE Communications, (416)
892-8716; Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, (613) 808-0675; Hélène
Bélanger, CUPE Communications, (416) 585-3887

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