Friday, March 30, 2007

Anthem Sung In Native Language At National Hockey League Game

Akina Shirt, a 13-year-old girl from Alberta, Canada, became the first person to sing the Canadian national anthem O Canada in the native language Cree at a National Hockey League (NHL) game. She is originally from the Saddle Lake First Nation near Edmonton and she learned the Cree version of the national anthem a year ago.

"I had to work extra hard in learning the words and practising it and I eventually memorized it and it just comes natural," she said.

Akina has gained a reputation as a lucky charm since each time she has sung the national anthem for the Saddle Lake Junior B Warriors hockey team, the home team has won. And sure enough this time in the big league, the home team Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.

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