Idle No More: In The Key of The Tennessee Cree

Over the years, I’ve shared a fair number of online laughs with Kevin Schofield aka The Tennessee Cree.  We’ve also shared some serious discussions about single parenthood, teaching the next generation to respect themselves and others, music, songwriting, and other great topics.  He’s a talented musician and songwriter, and never says “no” to anyone who asks him to help out by performing at fundraisers or awareness events or church services or retirement residences or … well, you get the picture.   When he says, “If you need anything, just ask” he means it.  It’s not just lip service.

He’s a kind soul … a tender heart … a genuine person.  The kind of guy who cares about people, even people he doesn’t know.  The kind of guy who does the right thing even when the other person doesn’t know how Kevin has helped them.  The kind of guy who doesn’t expect to be rewarded for being a good guy.  He’s just a good guy.  Think he’s too good to be true?  I don’t think so.


Yeah.  There aren’t too many people in this world that would pass up the chance to make off with a few thousand dollars, knowing there was no way they’d get caught taking the money.  Whoever was on that shared computer on April 11 doesn’t know it but Kevin touched his life in a very special way.  He followed his moral compass and did the right thing.

But that’s not the only instance of Kevin doing something to make the world a better place for others.  Kevin is one of those people that seems to find all sorts of opportunities to bring comfort or peace or happiness to others.


Knowing what you know about Kevin, maybe now you can understand why so many of us who know Kevin – in person or online – feel the way we do about him.  So why am I writing this blog article?  Is it because Kevin is an awesome individual?  Is it because he’s a musician?  Is it because I think he might write a song about me someday (well, all right, I wouldn’t say no if he offered to write a song about me, but that’s not what this is about)?

You see, just a few days ago, Kevin suffered a major brain aneurysm that put him in hospital where he’s going to stay for a stretch of time.  It’s going to take a lot of time for him to get back on his feet, even after he’s released from hospital.  Now here’s where you come in and we get to the good news:  You can help Kevin and his family!

Yeah, seriously.  All of us can help Kevin and his family.  David Finkle is putting together a fundraiser to be held on September 13 to help cover Kevin’s unexpected costs.  Things like having family from his native community to come down and help care for him once he’s out of hospital. gas money to get to appointments.  Things like … whatever Kevin needs to recuperate without worrying about a huge growing mound of debt.

This fundraiser will feature award-winning traditional and contemporary music and dance, Inuit games, demonstrations, throat singing, drumming, spoken word and more, plus a silent auction.   If you’re able to attend this fundraiser, make sure you contact David Finkle at

And if you can’t attend, don’t worry.  You can send items to David for the silent auction.  Or you can just send a donation to be added to the amount gathered at the event.  If you can’t afford either, don’t despair.  You can still help.  You can promote the event on your social media pages!

In other words, whatever you can do to help raise money for Kevin is appreciated.

For more information on the event, please check out the Facebook page set up by David Finkle.  Here’s the link to the Facebook page for the event:

The last time I talked with Kevin on Facebook, I ended the conversation by telling him:  Keep on being awesome!  I meant it then and I mean it now.  And I can hardly wait to hear more awesomeness in the key of the Tennessee Cree.

Elyse Bruce

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