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O Canada was sung in Cree before an NHL game and it was just beautiful

Edmonton Oilers fans were treated to a unique version of the national anthem on Saturday night, when "O'Canada" was performed in Cree.

Kiya Bruno — a 14-year-old at Wetaskiwin Composite High School — performed the anthem at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta. to an audience of about 18,000 people.

The teen previously performed the anthem in Cree at a Blue Jays game in June 2019.

And naturally, Canadians are loving it.

This woman hopes that the Cree version of the anthem will be performed more often.

And this person wanted to offer Kiya Bruno their congratulations.

This person's heart was warmed by the reaction of defenceman Ethan Bear, who grew up in Ochapowace Nation.

And Bear even commented on the performance later, saying that hearing the national anthem in Cree "hits different."

The Canadian national anthem was performed in Cree once before at a hockey match, when Akina Shirt sang "O'Canada" at a NHL game in 2007.

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