Akina Shirt sings O Canada in Cree

Whether you’re feeling like a proud Canadian today, or hoping for better days ahead, I hope you’ll join us in celebrating Akina Shirt’s performance – in Plains Cree – of O Canada in this 2007 YouTube video.  Akina – from Saddle Lake, Alberta – was 13 when she made this memorable performance at a Calgary Flames hockey game. And, just in case you want to sing along, scroll past the video to find the words in Plains Cree thanks to Dolores Sand.

O Canada
O Canada
nîkinân nitaskînân
kisâkihitinân ôta kâ-wîkiyâhk
nitêhinâhk kiwâpamitinân
sohki-kîwêtinohk
pikw îtê ôta, O Canada
ka-sîhtoskâtinân.
nohtâwînân kanawêyihta.
O Canada, kinîpawîstamâtinân;
O Canada, kinîpawîstamâtinân.

ᐆ  ᑲᓇᑕ
ᐆ  ᑲᓇᑕ
ᓃᑭᓈᐣ  ᓂᑕᐢᑮᓈᐣ
ᑭᓵᑭᐦᐃᑎᓈᐣ  ᐆᑕ  ᑳ ᐑᑭᔮᕽ
ᓂᑌᐦᐃᓈᕽ  ᑭᐚᐸᒥᑎᓈᐣ
ᓱᐦᑭ ᑮᐍᑎᓄᕽ
ᐱᑹᑌ ᐆᑕ,  ᐆ  ᑲᓇᑕ
ᑲ ᓰᐦᑐsᑳᑎᓈᐣ
ᓄᐦᑖᐑᓈᐣ ᑲᓇᐍᔨᐦᑕ
ᐆ  ᑲᓇᑕ, ᑭᓃᐸᐑᐢᑕᒫᑎᓈᐣ
ᐆ  ᑲᓇᑕ, ᑭᓃᐸᐑᐢᑕᒫᑎᓈᐣ

 

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit in its seventh year of gathering and curating Cree language literacy materials on the web and creating connections between students, teachers, speakers and linguists across the Cree dialect-and-language continuum.
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