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Jarrid Lee Shares Family’s Story on National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Jarrid Lee is set to captivate your hearts and stir your souls with the release of his anticipated new single, “I Don’t Back Down,”



Jarrid Lee

Renowned Plains Cree musician Jarrid Lee is set to captivate your hearts and stir your souls with the release of his anticipated new single, “I Don’t Back Down,” available everywhere October 10th. Known for his genuine country rock music that reverberates with the authenticity and energy of his Indigenous heritage, Jarrid Lee is using the spotlight of National Day for Truth & Reconciliation to both illuminate his family’s history with Canada’s residential schools and announce this soul-stirring single. In a time where resilience and truth are more important than ever, Jarrid crafts melodies that are as evocative as they are electrifying. With a reputation built on his unwavering love for hockey, his country, and his community, Jarrid Lee is an artist who continually proves that he’s not just here to play music—he’s here to make history.

Jarrid’s retelling of his family’s past is captured in the Guest Blog for Canadian Beats. In this blog, he candidly shares his family’s haunting history with Canada’s residential schools—a narrative he courageously insists on bringing to light. This is not your typical narrative; it’s a gripping, soul-baring account that lays bare his family’s painful history with Canada’s residential schools. Grounded in his Plains Cree roots, Jarrid’s words weave a tapestry of resilience, loss, and the unwavering commitment to bring hidden truths into the light. It’s an indispensable part of the conversation around National Day for Truth & Reconciliation—a part that demands to be heard.

Jarrid Lee "I Don't Back Down" single artwork

Jarrid Lee “I Don’t Back Down” single artwork

In the spirit of resilience and amplifying voices that too often go unheard, Jarrid Lee has chosen National Day for Truth & Reconciliation to announce his upcoming single, “I Don’t Back Down,” available on October 10, 2023. This is not a divergence from the sombre reflections of the day, but rather an extension of its core message—fusing music and storytelling as tools of enduring strength and transformation.

“If you ask me what National Day for Truth & Reconciliation means to me, I’ve got a simple answer for you: I wouldn’t be here.

Simple as that. If my mom didn’t survive residential school, I wouldn’t be here.”

-Jarrid Lee, Country Musician & Indigenous Artist

Lee’s signature style in country rock music offers a rugged yet heartening melody that parallels the lives and landscapes he sings about. An authentic and humble Indigenous creator, Jarrid crafts his songs with genuine country rock grit and plainspoken grace.


The track serves as an anthem for resilience, and the often painful love we bear for our origins. It harmonizes perfectly with Jarrid’s intimate Guest Blog. This isn’t just about pressing play; it’s about pressing for change. Pre-save “I Don’t Back Down” on all streaming platforms today. Amplify a voice that rises above the din, especially on a day dedicated to truth and reconciliation.

What Can You Do?

Pre-Order “I Don’t Back Down”: Make sure this important story reverberates in homes and hearts across the nation.

Read and Share the Blog: As soon as it’s published, Jarrid’s narrative will be essential reading. Pass it on to share the truth.


Engage on Social Media: Amplify Jarrid Lee’s cause with likes, shares, and comments. Use the hashtag #IDontBackDown and #TruthAndReconciliation to be part of this essential dialogue.

Engage, embrace, and echo the truth. It’s high time we all refuse to back down.