A Tribe Called Red’s Ian “Deejay NDN” Campeau has become one of Canada’s most high-profile First Nations activists. As his Ottawa-based electronic music crew have surfed EDM’s wave to unprecedented heights — including a Juno Award for breakthrough group and Rolling Stone shoutout — Campeau has used his public profile to raise awareness about respecting Aboriginal culture.
One of his primary targets has been sports teams using native names, mascots and iconography. His efforts have included filing a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, which led to the local football team, the Nepean Redskins changing its name to the Eagles. He’s also known for wearing satirical sports shirts like the Cleveland Indians-mocking “Caucasians” T-shirt seen in the publicity photo above.
Not everyone gets satire, of course, which has led to an accusation of racism and a boycott threat sent to an Ottawa music festival called Westfest where A Tribe Called Red is headlining on June 15.