Buffy Sainte-Marie to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Buffy Sainte-Marie opens the Juno awards show Sunday April 2, 2017 in Ottawa. Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press

Buffy Sainte-Marie is set to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Organizers say the acclaimed singer-songwriter will receive the honour at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto on April 1.

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Sainte-Marie’s 1964 peace anthem “Universal Soldier” was inducted to the same hall of fame in 2005.

It’s among countless accolades the musician, Indigenous rights activist and educator has received throughout her career.

She also won an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for co-writing the 1982 song “Up Where We Belong,” which was performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the film “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

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The 78-year-old performer also has several Junos, a Polaris Prize, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

“I’m honoured to be recognized in the company of so many Canadian songwriters that have inspired me,” Sainte-Marie said in a statement.

“As a songwriter, I never set out to be courageous or political, I just wanted to tell my stories as authentically as possible, and bring light to the truth.”

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Born on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation in Qu’Appelle Valley, Sask., Sainte-Marie gained fame as a socially conscious folk singer and pioneer of electronic music in the 1960s.

Her varied career has also included a five-year stint on “Sesame Street” and founding the Nihewan Foundation for American Indian Education as well as the Cradleboard Teaching Project.

Her other songs include “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone,” “Power In the Blood,” and “Generation.”

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