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
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 ᓰᐦᑐᐢᑳᑎᓈᐣ
ᓄᐦᑖᐑᓈᐣ ᑲᓇᐍᔨᐦᑕ
ᐆ  ᑲᓇᑕ, ᑭᓃᐸᐑᐢᑕᒫᑎᓈᐣ
ᐆ  ᑲᓇᑕ, ᑭᓃᐸᐑᐢᑕᒫᑎᓈᐣ

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