The first-ever Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards was held at Toronto’s SkyDome in early December. Judges chose the winners from over 160 entries. The winners are…

Best Traditional Album-Historical

Katutjatut Throat Singing by Alacie Tullaugaq and Lucy Amaraulik from Inukjuak, Quebec

Best Traditional Album – Contemporary

For Old Times’ Sake by the Little Island Cree from Island Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan

Best Pow Wow Album – Traditional

Whitefish Bay Singers, Volume 9, by the Whitefish Bay Singers from Sandy Bay, Ontario

Best Pow Wow Album – Contemporary

In Our Drum we trust by the Northern Cree Singers from Hobbema, Alberta

Best Song

Walk Away by Fara from Vancouver, B.C.

Best Songwriter

Murray Porter from the Six Nations, Ontario

Best Producer

Tom Jackson and Jon Park Wheeler for the album That Side Of the Window from Calgary, Alberta

Best Album Cover Design

Daniel Lanois, Bob Lanois and Emma Lee for the album Sketches, Derek Miller

Best Group of Duo

Chester Knight and The Wind from Muskoday First Nation, Saskatchewan

Best Music Video

Kehlonn by Jerry Alfred and The Medicine Beat, Northern Tutchone First Nation (Pelly Crossing), Yukon

Best Country or Folk Album

Indian City by Eagle & Hawk from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Best Blues, Jazz or Gospel Album

The Ronnie Douglas Blues Band Live by the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band from Rama, Ontario

Best Male Artist

Derek Miller from Six Nations, Ontario

Best Female Artist

Fara from Vancouver, BC