Jully Black, a legendary Canadian singer-songwriter, had the opportunity to sing Canada’s national anthem during Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City.
Black, however, made a one-word change to the song in an effort to acknowledge Indigenous people.
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“O Canada! Our home on the native land, ”she sang in front of thousands of people present. The original lyrics of the song say: “Our home and our native land”.
Black received praise for the change.
The Toronto native has collaborated with several artists, including Nas, Destiny’s Child and Sean Paul during her career, and several of her records and collaborations have achieved CRIA Certified Gold or CRIA Certified Platinum.
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“We’ve been singing this anthem since kindergarten. And now, over the past three years, especially with indigenous rights and what’s happening in our country, history and learning, I’m learning too,” Black explained to TSN’s The Shift. . “So I reached out to some native friends and said, ‘First of all, what do you think I do with this anthem? And I got feedback.
“I really dissected the lyrics to really sing them with intention because I know them like my name.”
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