Indigenous Police Sergeant to Sing Trilingual ‘O Canada’ at Blue Jays Game on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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An Indigenous police sergeant whose rendition of ‘O Canada’ in French, English, and Algonquin has attracted considerable attention has been specially invited by the Toronto Blue Jays to perform at the game on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

For the past 30 years, Sgt. Chantal Larocque has dedicated her career to policing, commencing her journey in municipal law enforcement and then joining the Anishinabek Police Service in 2011. Astonishingly, she is about to add a national singing debut to her list of accomplishments, an opportunity that has taken her by surprise.

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The inception of this remarkable venture came about when Ed Regan, a North Bay cinematographer, approached Larocque for a video project in 2021. The project involved Larocque, a member of the Algonquins of Ontario, singing the national anthem in her first language of French, English, and Algonquin. The uplifting video is now frequently utilized in schools and various other events across the region.

A mere week and a half ago, the Toronto Blue Jays decided to extend an invitation to Larocque to perform her trilingual rendition of ‘O Canada’ on September 30, marking the last regular game of the season. This day, also recognized as Orange Shirt Day, acknowledges the historical legacy of the Canadian Indian residential school system. News of this momentous invitation has been met with overwhelming enthusiasm within the community, according to Larocque.

“This community is super pumped for me,” she said, adding, “The support has been unbelievable.”

On the day of the performance, Sgt. Chantal Larocque won’t be alone. Her Nipissing detachment colleagues, together with hundreds of friends, family, and other community members are expected to be present at the nearly sold out game. Reportedly, about 140 individuals, comprising staff from APS and Larocque’s close acquaintances, will be seated together, wearing branded orange shirts in a shared show of support for Indigenous peoples and Canada as they work towards reconciliation and communal healing. Furthermore, an additional 50-100 community members are anticipated to attend, spread throughout various sections of the stadium.