Manitou Mkwa Singers (Spirit Bear Singers) hail from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. They are a family Hand drum group that sing pow-wow, and round dance songs. They are all Bear Clan which is in relation to their name “Manitou Mkwa Singers”. They work diligently as helpers in ceremony and community initiatives. They also try to bring awareness to indigenous issues, and advocating for their First Nation and their inherent and treaty rights. Their music is meant to uplift the spirits of people and bring good positive energy to those in need.
Over the last 10 years since the release of their first album, the Manitou Mkwa Singers have been nominated in the following music awards;
The 2015 Indigenous Music Awards for the category of best hand drum group.
The 2021 Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards, (SSIMA) in two separate categories.
- Hand-Drum-fiddle-instrumental of the year
- Pow-Wow traditional & Contemporary album of the year.
The 2022 Juno nomination in the (first ever) Traditional Indigenous artist or group of the year.