An Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist and arts educator, Melody McKiver is a vital voice in the movement turning critical eyes towards the realities of colonization on Turtle Island. Currently living in Sioux Lookout on Treaty #3 territory, McKiver is a member of Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation on their mother’s side and of settler Canadian Scottish-Lithuanian descent on their father’s side. Their most recent release, 2017’s Reckoning EP, is a deeply moving score for a theatre production of the same name. Centered around McKiver’s viola playing, a stark, experimental blend of Western Classical and Anishinaabe traditions, the work explores the effects of Indian Residential Schools and the repercussions of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Their art not only raises awareness but celebrates the diversity and resilience of their own culture amongst the hundreds of Indigenous cultures that still call Turtle Island home.