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International Indigenous folk band visits the Battlefords Nov. 3

Diyet and the Love Soldiers bring northern life and Indigenous music to the Dekker Centre on Nov. 3.
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THE BATTLEFORDS — Diyet discovered her voice singing on the school bus in the Yukon.

Though she'd left her hometown, acquired a degree in music, and jump-started a career in Vancouver, her website says that she was drawn back home.

"When the pull of the North was too strong, she packed her bags, and her Dutch husband, moving back to her village of 90 people without a plan or even a pub to play in."

Now, after extensive touring in Canada and internationally, the production of award-winning albums, Diyet, her husband Robert van Lieshout, and producer Bob Hamilton (forming the Love Soldiers) bring a blend of alternative country, folk, roots and traditional music with her native Southern Tutchone language and stories to the Battlefords on Nov. 3.

And as she sings in both English and Southern Tutchone while playing bass guitar, Diyet and the Love Soldiers create a unique sound showcasing her Indigenous world view while also bringing a taste of the north down to Saskatchewan and the Dekker Centre.

"Continuing to live with feet firmly planted in two worlds, Diyet’s adventurous and sometimes chaotic life is on full display in her music. She often says, “Yesterday, fishing for our dinner on the ice, the next day, on the stage singing for you!”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Dekker Centre's website at