For more than 20 years, Sakay Ottawa (pronounced Sagui) has been an Aboriginal songwriter and performer. Sakay is an Atikamekw, one of the ten First Nations in Quebec and a native of Manawan in the Lanaudière region. He still lives there with his family.
Sakay holds a bachelor degree in preschool and elementary education from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi (UQAC) and is currently director of Otapi general high school in his community. Following a sucessfull career as a teacher and assitant to the director, for one year, Sakay also held the position of Director of Educational, Linguistic Cultural Services at the Council of the Atikamekw Nation in La Tuque (in 2008). He also served as an advisor to the Atikamekw Council of Manawan for four years, which has led him to become more involved with his people.
Married with four children, Sakay's family as well as the preservation of his Native culture and Atikamekw language are at the heart of his world. He is actively involved in his community, especially with young people, giving them hope and pride they are looking for. Sakay aspires to make his nation and culture known throughout Quebec and Canada to build bridges between the old and the new world.
- 2018 Best Inuit, Indigenous Language, or Francophone Album for Ni wi witen
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