Music group mourns dying of Jacquie Black, longtime supervisor of Indigenous Music Awards

Jacquie Black, an Indigenous storyteller and well-respected determine in Manitoba’s music business, died Wednesday morning. 

Black crammed many roles within the music, movie and tv business for a few years, and likewise labored as a journalist. 

She was the supervisor of the Indigenous Music Awards for a number of years, which is held as a part of the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg annually. She was additionally the director and author for the TV collection TAKEN, which delves into the tales of lacking and murdered Indigenous ladies and women. 

Black was in her 50s when she handed. Her niece, Mary Black, says she had been within the hospital for a couple of week and a half with a pre-existing health situation, however her health deteriorated quickly over the weekend. 

“She was fiercely protective and showed me so much power and compassion and gave me many, many of the gifts that I have today,” Mary mentioned. 

Jacquie Black (proper) with her niece, Mary. (Submitted by Mary Black)

Mary mentioned her aunt was fiercely captivated with championing aspiring artists and musicians, particularly by means of her work with the Indigenous Music Awards. She mentioned she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection for Jacquie after the information of her dying turned public. 

“It gives me a lot of inspiration and a lot of passion, I guess, to fight for what is right to help anybody that I can whenever I can, because I see now firsthand how many people’s lives she impacted, right?” she mentioned. 

“And those are big shoes to fill.”

Jacquie’s passing comes only a day after the dying of Vince Fontaine, a famend musician from Sagkeeng First Nation who fronted the Juno-nominated group Indian City.

Just at some point earlier than he died, Fontaine had recorded a tune, “Star People,” with fellow musician Jeremy Koz to ship to Jacquie while she was within the hospital. 

The tune is about life and dying, and leaving this earth for the celebrities, Koz mentioned. 

“Jacquie was so supportive of the arts community and supportive of us, especially. And I just thought that, you know, it’d be nice to send her something musical,” Koz mentioned. 

Jacquie wasn’t capable of communicate within the closing days of her life, however the tune appeared to make her joyful, her niece mentioned. 

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas mentioned Jacquie was a real mentor to many whose spirit will be missed. 

“Her passion for ensuring the voices of Indigenous women were heard and taken seriously in the film, radio and TV industry will be sorrily missed as will her involvement in the various First Nation cultural events across this county,” he wrote in a information launch. 

A sacred fire for Jacquie Black is burning on Woodbine Avenue till Saturday night time.

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