Canadian hopes hockey call will help save his Cree language

Calling NHL games in Cree is more than a dream come true for broadcaster Clarence Iron. It’s also a way to help preserve his language. The 60-year-old broadcaster from Canoe Lake Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan is set bring the sport he loves to his community in a whole new way next month with the debut of “Hockey Night in Canada in Cree.’’ “It means a lot. We’re losing our languages across Canada,’’said Iron, who’ll do play-by-play in Plains Cree for the six NHL broadcasts in Canada. “We’re trying to save the Cree language. And it’ll help. Even to call a hockey game in Cree, it’s a big thing.’’ Sportsnet and APTN are teaming up for the broadcasts in what’s considered one of the most widely spoken Indigenous languages in…

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