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‘Residential School House Blues’ by Burnelvis Commemorates All Children and Parents Affected by Canada’s Residential Schools

‘Residential School House Blues’ by Burnelvis Commemorates All Children and Parents Affected by Canada’s Residential Schools

In light of the discovery of the recent discovery of the children that were discovered in a mass burial site near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C, that I feel compelled to share this song with you today.

This self released song Residential School House Blues by Burnelvis was written for his late mother Annie Henry and is a commemoration for all the children and parents that have been affected by Canada’s Residential Schools. We will never forget.

Burnel Henry is a self-taught musician from Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation and has been playing music for over 30 years and goes by the stage name Burnelvis. Burnel first started on guitar but changed to bass guitar when he was enlisted by his friend and mentor Billy Joe Green. As a bass player Burnell became in demand as a fill in for many working country bands such as Ernest Monias, Edward Gamblin, Robby Brass and many others. After two decades as a Bass player Burnell switched back to guitar and began writing his own original music. Some of Burnell’s influences include, of course Elvis Presley, John Fogerty, Albert King, ZZ Top, and Hank Williams Jr.

This song can be heard:

On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKQdeeARdhY

On amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08H4N1JTK

On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/58CibJubEaTfmeiMaDaTze

On Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/residential-school-house-blues-single/1529982238

On Anghami: https://play.anghami.com/album/1014515157

On Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/janellhenry-1/residential-school-house-blues

On Dreezer: https://www.deezer.com/en/album/170550772

As we all take a look at our own children today and see the love and light twinkle in their eyes, we hug them tight and can only imagine what our grandfathers and grandmothers endured. It is in the gifts of our people where we find help healing.

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