Littlechief said she believes she may be the first to sing the anthem at a Grey Cup in Cree. Juno award winner Susan Aglukark, who blends Inuit folk music traditions with country songwriting, sang the anthem for the 1998 Grey Cup in Winnipeg.
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One of the biggest events on the Canadian sports calendar is today, as the 109th Grey Cup is set to take place in Regina.
Mosaic Stadium is the home of the event, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts will take the field to battle for the right to be crowned the CFL champion of 2022.
Between the game itself and the halftime show, the Grey Cup is one of the premier prime-time events for viewers from all over. It will be on national TV for any and all cable owners to watch.
But not everyone has cable in 2022. For those cord-cutters, there are options to stream the Grey Cup as well.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: CFL Grey Cup
Who: Toronto Argonauts vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
When: Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022
Where: Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Sask.
Time: 6 p.m. ET
When Teagan Littlechief sings in front of thousands of fans at Sunday’s Grey Cup game, she will be thinking about Canada’s Indigenous youth.
Littlechief, who is from White Bear First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan, says she was often the only Indigenous person on stage when she first started performing.
“My thing is being able to show society that First Nations people are just as talented as any other race. I’ve always wanted our First Nations people out there to flaunt what we’ve got and show society what we have to offer,” the 35-year-old said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “I hope that what I’m able to do is maybe break a barrier down for our youth.”
Littlechief is set to perform “O Canada” in three languages — English, French and Cree — at the Canadian Football League’s championship game in Regina between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts.
Only fluent in English, Littlechief has been leaning on a Cree teacher and French friend to help her practice the national anthem in the other languages.
“We’re always trying to bring recognition in everything that we do now, and I’m over the moon. I’m happy that people are starting to recognize First Nations,” said Littlechief.
Littlechief, who also works as an addictions counselor and youth worker, was named the Indigenous Artist of the Year at the 2022 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards. She also performed at this year’s Country Thunder Music Festival and has sung “O Canada” at games for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats.
Littlechief said the road to success hasn’t been easy. She said she has struggled with alcohol addiction since high school and dabbled with heavy drugs.
“I always dreamt that when I had my first child … I’d raise them in a substance-abuse-free home, and that’s not the life that he got,” Littlechief said of her 11-year-old son, Gabriel. “The first two years of his life he was having to deal with an alcoholic mom, who ditched him all the time.”
Littlechief said she went on her last bender in 2017. At the time, the boy was sick at home and without his mom.
“That day, I decided that was it,” she said. “It was probably the hardest, hardest adventure – I’m going to call it an adventure – because I missed out on so much of my son’s life, and now I’m slowly able to make up for it.”
Her singing has taken off since she’s been sober. But most importantly, she said, it has brought her and her son closer together.
They often go on road trips together for her shows, she said, and he’s been her main support, along with her mother and stepfather.
“(Gabriel) is super excited. He’s always saying my mom’s singing the anthem and he says, ‘Mom, the kids at school know me,’” Littlechief said of her upcoming Grey Cup performance.
While she’s feeling some nerves, Littlechief said she reminds herself of why she’s taking the stage on Sunday.
“I just want to be able to show the youth I work with that dreams are possible when you work hard and you put in effort in on all the things you want to do,” she said. “And change happens. Beautiful things happen.”
Today is the day. The 109th Grey Cup is tonight, as the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers meet in the CFL’s championship game.
This is the third consecutive Grey Cup appearance for the Blue Bombers, who won it all in 2021 and 2019. There was no game in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winnipeg is hoping to become the first club in 42 years to three-peat as CFL champions.
Toronto is hoping to earn its first Grey Cup since 2017.
Winnipeg was the best team in the league this season, accumulating a record of 15-3 in the regular season and earning the top spot in the West Division. Led by QB Zach Collaros, the Blue Bombers punched their ticket to the Grey Cup with a 29-20 win in the Western Final over the BC Lions. The Argos were the top team from the East Division, going 12-7 during the regular season. Toronto defeated the Montreal Alouettes 34-27 in the Eastern Final, with QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson throwing for 299 yards and two touchdowns.