Tristen Durocher

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Born1996 (age 25–26)
NationalityCanadian
CitizenshipCanada
OccupationIndigenous musician. Activist

Tristen Durocher is an Indigenous musician and activist from Canada.

Tristen Durocher was born in 1996. He is Métis, originally from Air Ronge, northern Saskatchewan, Canada.

Tristen Durocher considers himself two-spirited, possessing both a male and female mind, and is involved in the LGBTQ community.

Tristen Durocher launched in 2020 an initiative to raise the awareness of the population and governments on the mental health challenges of Indigenous youth. He is an advocate for suicide and mental health programs.

He walked approximately 635 kilometers between his community of Air Ronge and Regina, to establish a camp in front of the Saskatchewan legislature, at Wascana Park [1]. He began a fast on July 31, 2020 and concluded it on September 13, 2020, 44 days after the start of the fast [1],[2]. Tristen Durocher’s goal was to get the Saskatchewan government to take action to fight suicides in Indigenous communities [1] .

His peaceful struggle was punctuated by the provincial government asking him to dismantle his tipi installed in front of the legislative assembly, because no authorization request had been made beforehand [3].

Tristen Durocher is also a traditional Métis fiddle and a fiddle teacher. In 2009, he received the SaskTel Indigenous Youth Award for Art in recognition and participated in the provincial Northern Spirits program coordinated through the Northern District for Sport, Culture and Recreation [4]. In 2019, he received the People's Choice in the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Competition. He was also placed 9th among 35 of the Canada's top fiddlers [5].

His peaceful initiatives for better access to mental health programs for Indigenous youth, as well as his sharing of Métis culture through music, aim to improve the well-being of the Indigenous population of Canada and support reconciliation efforts.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Frigon, Raphaële (Aug 23, 2020). "Le long parcours de Tristen Durocher, l'activiste qui veut protéger les Autochtones". Radio-Canada. Retrieved Oct 1, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Francis, Jennifer (2020-09-13). "Tristen Durocher ends 44-day fast, takes down teepee camp at Wascana Park". CBC News. Retrieved Oct 1, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Poisson, Emmanuelle (2020-09-11). "Tristen Durocher n'aura pas à démanteler son tipi, tranche la Cour du Banc de la Reine". Radio-Canada. Retrieved Oct 1, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Ell, Diane (Oct 2011). "Rising Star from the North". Sask Culture. Retrieved Oct 1, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Épisode 180 : Tristen Durocher". Radio-Canada. July 23, 2020. Retrieved Oct 1, 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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