Born in Queen Charlotte. Grew up in Skidegate Haida Gwaii. Citizen of the Haida Nation

Received the Haida name “lalaxaaygans”, or “Beautiful Sound” from her maternal
great-grandmother, centenarian and song custodian, Susan Williams

Began singing publicly at the age of 6. First started performing Haida songs at 13, co-founding a children’s dance group Skidegate Haida Dancers in 1978

1985 Illustrated a children’s book “Crests of the Haida”

1990 Graduated UBC Faculty of Computer Science

Worked as a summer student for the Haida Gwaii Museum in 1993, cataloguing
and researching southern songs of the Haida Nation

1994 Received the Haida name gid7ahl-gudsllaay, the name held by her maternal
great grandmother, Susan Williams

1995 Graduated UBC Faculty of Law

1996 Called to the BC Bar, and became founding Executive Director of EAGLE,
a charity providing free legal advice to protect the land

Lawyer, General Counsel for the Haida Nation, with a focus on aboriginal-environmental law.
She has represented the Haida Nation at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of
Canada in litigation to protect the old-growth forests of Haida Gwaii in the Haida Case

1996 Married renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson

1996 Member since 1996 of the Rainbow Creek Dancers: Haida dance group which performs traditional Haida dances and songs in Haida regalia in Haida Gwaii and internationally

2000 Member since 2000 of the Haida Gwaii Singers Society along with Reg Davidson, Robert Davidson, Guujaaw, and Marianne Jones. The group’s mission is to educate people about the rich musical traditions of the Haida

2002 Solo Performance at The Spirit Concert, Chan Centre in Vancouver. The concert included The Bach Choir, The Vancouver Symphony, Karen Jamieson Dance Company, Rainbow Creek Dancers and Bruce Cockburn. The concert was filmed for and aired on CBC television’s Opening Night series

2008 Winner: Keeper of Traditions Special Honour Award Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

2008 CD: “Lalaxaaygans: Beautiful Sound,” Solo performances by Terri-Lynn of Haida Songs.
The CD title is Terri-Lynn’s Haida name which means beautiful sound

2008 CDs: “Songs of Haida Gwaii: Haida Gwaii Singers Anthology”

2009 CDs: “Songs of Haida Gwaii: Archival Anthology”. Terri-Lynn acted as Executive Producer, researcher, writer, and fundraiser for these two collections of over 450 Haida Song recordings

2009 Winner: Best Female Traditional/Cultural Roots Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

2011 CD: “New Journeys” Collaboration with composer and producer Bruce Ruddell featuring original compositions by Terri-Lynn and Robert Davidson, sung by Terri-Lynn in the Haida language. Remarkable for blending vocals with contemporary instrumentation

2011-2013 ‘NEW JOURNEYS’ AWARD NOMINATIONS

  • 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards | ‘Best Folk /Acoustic CD’, ‘Single of the Year’
  • 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards | ‘Best Female Artist’, ‘Best Folk/ Acoustic’ Album, ‘Best Songwriter’
  • 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards | ‘Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year’, ‘World Solo Artist of the Year’
  • 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards | ‘World Recording of the Year’
  • 2013 Native American Music Awards | ‘Best Female Vocalist/Best Female Artist’, ‘Historical/Linguistic’ Recording

2011 Winner: Best Female Artist Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

2011 Winner | ‘Best Female Artist’ Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

2011 Performer at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards ceremony, Toronto, Ontario

2011 Cited as one of the top 10 most Influential Indigenous Albums of 2011 by RPM Indigenous Music Culture

2012 Terri-Lynn featured on the cover of The Advocate magazine | Published by the Vancouver Bar Association, May 2012

2012 Western Canadian Music Awards | Nominated World Recording of the Year

2012 Featured Main Stage performer at Victoria BC’s Canada Day celebration

2012 ‘Have a Light Heart on Your New Journey’ reached No 2 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown and was on this chart for almost 40 weeks

2012 Featured in Turtle Island’s book ‘IN Tune’ to encourage reluctant readers, promote literacy and connect aboriginal youth with music industry careers

2012 Contributed music to a video ‘Garnet’s Journey’ about reconciliation in the aftermath of the Indian Residential School experience

2012 Featured performer at Music BC Charitable Foundation Gala Fundraising Concert

2013 'Today We Will Go On Our Own Strength' featured in Knowledge Network production 'Dwellling'

Terri-Lynn has published widely and lectures internationally in aboriginal law, particularly
as it relates to cultural heritage and environmental protection

She has served as Advisory Council member for the Vancouver Foundation’s Environment Program, as a juror for the Ecotrust (US) Buffet Award for Indigenous Leadership and on the board of Ecotrust Canada

Terri-Lynn is currently a board member of Earthlife Canada Foundation. In October 2011 in recognition of her support for and contribution to Environmental Law Terri-Lynn was asked to become an Honourary Director of the Board of Directors of Ecojustice

She creates ceremonial regalia, including Ravenstail weaving, which she began studying in 1998 with Cheryl Samuel. She dreams of finding time to complete a Ravenstail Robe

She is the principal of White Raven Law Corporation

BRIAN HAWKES PHOTO

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