Step By Step

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A song sharing the important role of treatment professionals and Aboriginal culture in the journey of healing from addictions.

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The Step By Step Song Team Members 2013

This song and accompanying music video share the important role of service providers and traditional Aboriginal culture, in supporting clients on the journey of healing from addictions.

It was developed by Saskatchewan service providers for Saskatchewan service providers and their clients. Musicians Lindsay ‘Eekwol’ Knight and Joseph Naytowhow guided the song’s development.
The material used to initiate the song’s creation included findings based on the From Stilettos to Moccasins research project, which examined the role of cultural identity in the recovery of criminalized Aboriginal women from drug abuse, as well as the ExChanging Conversations provincial workshop offered by Dr. Dell’s office that addresses the need for addictions treatment providers to be aware, informed, and humble about the healing impacts of Aboriginal culture.

The song and accompanying lyric sheet are intended to encourage conversation between service providers and/or their clients about engaging traditional cultural practices as support in individuals’ healing from addictions. Whether service providers are listening to the song with clients during program delivery, or providing the CD and handout as a take-away from their interaction, the song is intended as an innovate method to build and strengthen relationships – because relationships are foundational to healing. The product could also be placed in a common area at clinics or used as a reflective group exercise in residential treatment. The possibilities are limitless.

The song and music video are available as digital files below, but if you would like to receive these materials on CD with the accompanying lyric sheet, please contact Alicia Husband.

Please contact us anytime with ideas, feedback or questions!   Have a look HERE for suggestions for various uses of the song as a Service Provider!

 

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LYRICS:

Step By Step Lyrics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CREDITS:

Lyrics by:  Lindsay “Eekwol” Knight, Joseph Naytowhow, Anna Thickson, Barb Fornssler, Becky McKenzie, Cathy Fillmore, Charlotte Greenall, Jennifer Brockman, Jenny Gardipy-Sutherland, Kimberly Tiessen, Larry Laliberte, Mallory Wuttunee, Nicki Kirlin, Robert Fitzpatrick, Roisin Unsworth, Rose Antsanen, Serene Spence, Sharon Acoose, Teya Cherland, Toni (Antoinette) Lemaigre, Elder Campbell Papequash & Colleen Anne Dell.

Music by: Lindsay “Eekwol” Knight, (lead vocals), Joseph Naytowhow (Cree vocals, chanting, spoken word, flute and hand drum), Harvey Knight (guitars), Randy Morin (drums), Cheryl L’Hirondelle (chorus vocals, chanting, hand drum) & Violet Naytowhow (chanting and additional backing vocals).

Recorded at: Pulsworks Audio Arts, Saskatoon, 2013

Recorded and mixed by: Brady Leduc and Zach Greenhorn

Co-produced by: Lindsay “Eekwol” Knight, Joseph Naytowhow & Diana Chabros

Workshop Facilitators: Joseph Naytowhow & Lindsay “Eekwol” Knight

Cultural Guidance: Elder Campbell Papequash & his helper (oskâpêwis) Larry Laliberte

Video by: Steve Espey

Community Partner: National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation

Project Manager: Diana Chabros

Thank you Eekwol for suggesting the awesome ‘title’ Step By Step by which the song is now known.

Special thanks to Cheryl L’Hirondelle for providing a wealth of music biz expertise.

And a tremendous thank you to Diana Chabros for co-producing and providing insurmountable time throughout the song’s preparation, follow through and completion.

 

FUNDING:.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research & Office of the Research Chair in Substance Abuse, University of Saskatchewan, funded by a grant from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

NEWS RELEASE:

News Release, November 18, 2013

Connecting Addictions Professionals through Song: Step By Step Released During National Addictions Awareness Week

Following up on the successful single, From Stilettos to Moccasins, the University of Saskatchewan and the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation are pleased to release Step By Step during National Addictions Awareness Week, which runs from November 18 to 24.

Led by U of S faculty member Colleen Dell, in collaboration with Saskatchewan based musicians Lindsay ‘Eekwol’ Knight and Joseph Naytowhow, the song and music video share the blended story of the important role of treatment professionals and Aboriginal culture in the healing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis clients from addictions.

Guided by traditional Elder Campbell Papequash, more than 30 service providers and researchers gathered in early 2013 to develop the themes for the song and shoot footage for the video.

“Working with such compassionate and creative individuals in the addictions field was inspiring” says Eekwol. “It made my job of coming up with the song’s lyrics natural.”

The material used to initiate the song’s creation included findings based on the From Stilettos to Moccasins research project that examined the role of cultural identity in the recovery of criminalized Aboriginal women from drug abuse as well as a provincial workshop by Dell’s office that addresses the need for addictions treatment providers to be aware, informed and humble about the healing impacts of Aboriginal culture.

The song is a unique mix of Naytowhow’s traditional Aboriginal style and rhythm alongside Knight’s contemporary sound and hip-hop inspired approach.  Saskatoon service provider Jennifer Brockman notes, “the song is indeed a great way for service providers to connect with other service providers, but it is also to remind our clients that they are not alone on their healing journeys.”

The music video is now available on YouTube at www.tinyurl.com/StepByStepSong-Watch.  You can download the song for free on Bandcamp, www.tinyurl.com/StepByStepSong-Download, and visit the website for more information at www.tinyurl.com/StepByStep-Song.

The project was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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For more information, please contact:

Alicia Husband

Office of the Research Chair in Substance Abuse
Department of Sociology & School of Public Health
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive, 1019 Arts Building
Tel: 306 966-6917, Fax: 306 966-6950
nicki.kirlin@usask.ca

Download a pdf copy of the news release here

 

MEDIA COVERAGE:

U of S Researcher Connects Addictions Professions Through Song
– News Talk 650 CKOM, November 25, 2013

Connecting Addictions Professionals through Song: Step By Step Released During National Addictions Awareness Week
– Addiction News Daily, November 19, 2013

Native Music Video Looks At Addiction
– The Star Phoenix, November 19, 2013

New Video Aims To Encourage And Support Aboriginal People With Addictions
– Missinipi News, November 18, 2013

U of S researcher connecting addictions professionals through song: Step By Step released during national addictions awareness week
– University of Saskatchewan News, November 18, 2013