The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that Buffy Sainte-Marie will be the recipient of the 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Junos in Ottawa this spring.
The decorated folk singer and social activist "exemplifies the essence of humanitarianism through her dedication to protecting indigenous communities and indigenous intellectual property, which have been at the epicentre of her lifelong activism," organizing committee CARAS said in a prepared statement released yesterday.
The Allan Waters Humanitarian Award celebrates and recognizes the philanthropic efforts made by Canadian musicians who have created a positive impact on the social welfare of society.
Named after the CHUM Ltd. founder, this year’s award will be presented at an off-camera gala on Apr. 1, at Shaw Centre in the capital city.
“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," said the honoured songstress in a statement. "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 that so often get squashed out in normal business systems.
“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 out of the music business for helping put my songs to work.”