In 1964, when her iconic song The Universal Soldier was released, Buffy Sainte-Marie was twenty-three years old. A philanthropist, social activist, educator, and visual artist, Buffy Sainte-Marie is a pioneering singer-songwriter who continues to speak for the rights of indigenous communities. In 2015, her album Power in the Blood won Album of the Year.
On April 1, at the JUNO Awards Ceremony, this deserving woman will receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Buffy Sainte-Marie has gleaned numerous other awards and honours through her long career.