Caroline was born in Matagami, the land of the Cree Indians in northern Canada, in a little mining village in James Bay – Nunavik – Eeyou District Territory. Caroline (aka “Oota Dabun”) is proud of her origins: she is of mixed Aboriginal and French Canadian descent. She is the first of three children.
As is common in the North, those who are born and grow up there face years of very cold weather. During the winter, the region is harsh and bleak, and is an arctic desert past the tree line. In the northern environments such as the boreal forest, taiga and tundra the temperatures can drop anywhere from 45 to 60 degrees below zero.
In 1974, while her mother was pregnant with Caroline, she listened to music and sang all the time. She would often put headphones on her belly in order for Caroline to hear the music she was singing to. With a mother as a singer, Caroline grew up surrounded by music.
Caroline led a deprived and disadvantaged childhood. Her parents were poor, and they divorced when she was only 6 years old. At 9 years of age, Caroline had become very responsible and she often worked as a baby-sitter to make a little pocket money. She loved music: she learned to play the flute, and studied Jazz and Classical ballet. She loved animals, nature, and the forests and rivers that surrounded her. She felt the Spirit of the Land in all things around her.
On weekends, Caroline, her brother and sister accompanied their mother performing in bars and nightclubs, and they participated in many musical events with their mother.
At the age of 12, she decided to go live with her father for six months to get to know him, but returned to live with her mother once more. Her teenage years were very painful ones for Caroline. During this time, she was forced to do lots of very hard work to get by.
Her family often fell victim to physical violence, verbal, mental and emotional abuse, and many times they found themselves in a center for abused families. Despite these horrible abuses, her heart stayed strong and her Spirit resolute.
In 1990, at the age of 16, Caroline and her family moved to Montreal where she completed her high school education. With her sister she sang in a band. She enlisted in a modeling agency but it was not enough to make a living from. She enrolled in College in Letter and French literature and to this day has a passion for languages (she speaks few languages). She worked as a model for several years. Fashion always fascinated Caroline and would eventually lead her to travel to Europe, Asia and the Americas.
In 2008, after several years in the modeling industry, under her artist name ‘Oota Dabun’, she went back to basics, and returned to her Native roots, beliefs and values. She focused on Native American spirituality, on nature, and on Mother Earth. Her Native roots have always been of great importance to her. It’s a rich and wonderful heritage, and now she has made it her mission to take its message to the world.
Despite an intense and often traumatic life experience, Caroline still managed to maintain a peaceful state of mind. It was her Native spirituality that helped her to find her way through the trials and hardships that Life put in her way. As a symbol of her love for her origins, Caroline became ‘Oota Dabun’, which means ‘The Sun’ (Day Star).
The music of her childhood has now resurfaced, and she wants to express her feelings, her joys, her sorrows and love through her songs. It is the songs of healing and love that have kept her centered and strong throughout her struggles that now well to the surface: her Journey has led her here, and now her Spirit longs to tell its story.