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CFL game will be broadcast in an indigenous language for the first time

For the first time in league history, a CFL game will be broadcast in an indigenous language.

Edmonton Elks President and Chief Executive Officer Victor Cui announced Friday that the franchise’s July 22 home game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be broadcast live in Cree.

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It is broadcast across Alberta on Windspeaker Media’s CFWE (98.5 FM in Edmonton) and CJWE (88.1 FM in Calgary) radio stations.

Canada’s national anthem will be sung in both Cree and English, the pre-game coin toss will be performed by George Arcand Jr., Grand Chief of Treaty 6 First Nations, and there will be an Indigenous performance at halftime.

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On-air duties for the show will be handled by Wayne Jackson, Darcy Houle and Edwin Thomas.

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“Sport has the power to break down all language barriers,” Cui said in a statement. “As a community-owned team, one of our main goals is to bring people together around the game of football.

“We are delighted to be working with a great partner like Windspeaker Media, who have worked hard to make this historic broadcast a reality.”

The Elks say this is part of the team’s commitment to truth and reconciliation.

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“This will be an exciting and historic broadcast as it will enable the Cree language to be broadcast to a network of football fans across Alberta,” said Bert Crowfoot, founder and CEO of the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society, which includes Edmonton Radio includes stations CFWE North, CJWE South and 89.3 The Raven.

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