Mr. Speaker, this past October 7, in Niagara Falls, New York, the women of Wabano Drum Group, consisting of Allison Fisher, Bev Souliere and Carlie Chase, won in the category Best Debut Group of the Year at the ninth annual Native American Music Awards. The group's entry, titled Voices, has been a tremendous success.
“Our songs carry the voice of the land and as we know the honour of one is the honour of all,” said Allison Fisher.
I would also note that Allison and Carlie play an important role in the success of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. Located in Ottawa Vanier and founded in 1988, the centre is a respected organization, which provides health services to aboriginal communities.
On behalf of all members, I congratulate them for their dedication and hard work toward aboriginal communities and for the talent that they have demonstrated with Voices.