Kym Gouchie

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Background information
  • drum-vocal
  • folk
  • world
  • alternative folk
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
LabelsKym Gouchie

Kym Gouchie is a native Canadian singer-songwriter from the Lheidli T'enneh Nation, also known as Prince George, who currently resides in Penticton. She sings and writes in Cree, as well as some of the northern central indigenous languages of British Columbia.

Her musical genre can be described as drum-vocal, folk, or world; Apple music classifies it as ‘alternative folk.’ [1] According to a highly informative Globe and Mail article Making their language sing, Gouchie’s musicianship and connections with her aunt and grandmother are said to have fuelled her desire to keep the endangered indigenous languages of her people alive. [2] In fact, Gouchie considers her aunt, Jeanette Kozak, and her late grandmother Marie Gouchie to be co-lyricists, because they helped to integrate Dakelh, a dialect of the Lheidli language, as well as its stories and traditions, accurately into her songs. [2]


Gouchie wants to explore her Lheidli lineage musically in order to preserve it. In 2008 at the age of 43, she received C$ 8,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts for songs in the Lheidli dialect.[3] At the 2018 Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm, she performed a song called Cleansing the Highway, creating awareness about the missing and murdered indigenous women along Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert,[4] also known as the Highway of Tears. At the Mundial Montreal World Music Summit in November 2019, Gouchie won the Stingray Rising Star Award.[5]


  • Mountain of Youth (2014)
  • In the Hearts of You & Me (2016)
  • Northern Shining Star Woman (2017)

External links

Kym Gouchie in the media



  1. ‎Northern Shining Star Woman by Kym Gouchie, retrieved 2020-03-03
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Making their language sing". Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  3. "Recipients – all". Canada Council for the Arts. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  4. "Kym Gouchie creates music with healing message". Salmon Arm Observer. 2018-08-30. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  5. "Kym Gouchie | Stingray Rising Stars | Mundial Montreal 2019". Retrieved 2020-03-03.

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