Students to sing national anthem in Ojibwa at Winnipeg Jets hockey game

WINNIPEG _ The national anthem before this Friday’s NHL game in Winnipeg won’t quite sound the way it usually does.

 

A group of students from the city’s Riverbend Community School are set to perform O Canada in Ojibwa.

 

Gloria Barker, who teaches at the English-Ojibwa bilingual school, says it’s a real honour to be able to promote the Indigenous language.

 

The Winnipeg Jets will also be sporting new jerseys with Indigenous logos during the pre-skate for their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

It’s all part of a night to acknowledge the Winnipeg **>Aboriginal<** Sport Achievement Centre.

 

Barker says she is proud of her students and hopes they will inspire other Indigenous people and groups to support their traditional languages.

 

“Language is a very important part of who we are and our identity.”

(CTV Winnipeg)

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