Akina Shirt sings O Canada in Cree (y-dialect)

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. We don’t have a transcript of the text as Akina sang it, but you can sing along in Plains Cree thanks to Dolores Sand.

Dolores sings her own translation in this recording:

O Canada
O Canada
nîkinân nitaskînân
kisâkihitinân ôta kâ-wîkiyâhk
nitêhinâhk kiwâpamitinân
pikw îtê ôta, O Canada
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 ᓰᐦᑐᐢᑳᑎᓈᐣ
ᓄᐦᑖᐑᓈᐣ ᑲᓇᐍᔨᐦᑕ
ᐆ  ᑲᓇᑕ, ᑭᓃᐸᐑᐢᑕᒫᑎᓈᐣ
ᐆ  ᑲᓇᑕ, ᑭᓃᐸᐑᐢᑕᒫᑎᓈᐣ


About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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