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Teagan Littlechief makes history at SCMA Awards

Littlechief is the first Indigenous woman to win Female Artist of the Year Award.
From left, Teagan Littlechief and her manager Pinky Simms set the bar high by winning two awards at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards.

LLOYDMINSTER - There was a lot of excitement at the 35th annual Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) Awards on June 23 at the Vic Juba Theatre in Lloydminster, when Teagan Littlechief of the White Bear First Nation (WBFN) was nominated for three separate awards, Indigenous Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Fan Favourite.

For the third year in a row, Littlechief, who hails from the White Bear First Nation, won the Indigenous Artist of the year award, but she also made history that night. Littlechief became the first Indigenous woman to win Female Artist of the Year Award. To say she is excited is an understatement.

She cried and has dreamt for many years about winning this award.

Once Littlechief was out of shock, she said, “I am completely honoured, quite surprised and just overall excited.”

At the ceremony, Littlechief wore special beaded items that had been created just for her by Shaylee Shepherd and represented her White Bear community. The earrings she wore were made by her aunt Angel McArthur.

Littlechief’s manager Pinky Simms flew in from B.C. to be at the side of Littlechief during the week and at the awards night.

Littlechief performed at the gala affair by singing Need you to Go, which she wrote. She was introduced as having a voice bigger than White Bear. Simms said that the excitement of the night is something she will always remember, and the anticipation of wins was exhilarating.

Simms said that Littlechief has worked so hard to get where she is today.

“I am honoured she has asked me to be part of her journey, and I cannot wait to see the doors these wins will open,” said Simms.

Littlechief is a school teacher at the White Bear Education Complex.

In the past, Littlechief has struggled with alcohol addiction but her sobriety has brought her to the high in her life now. She often speaks at functions about these issues to bring awareness.

Over the past several weeks, Need you to Go, has hit the number 1 spot on the Indigenous radio station and this has also given Littlechief something to celebrate.

The SCMA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting, developing, and enhancing the aspects of Saskatchewan music at the local, national and international levels.