MEET THE N.S. TEENAGER WHO SANG BLACKBIRD BY THE BEATLES ENTIRELY IN MI’KMAQ

'Our language is such a beautiful thing and not a lot of people hear it,' says Emma Stevens of Eskasoni

Emma Stevens, 16, sings a cover of Blackbird by The Beatles entirely in the Mi'Kmaq language in a YouTube video that marks the UN's International Year of Indigenous Languages. (Allison Bernard Memorial High School/YouTube)

The teenage girl who recorded a cover of Blackbird by The Beatles entirely in Mi’kmaq says she hopes to one day release a full album in her people’s language.

“Those lyrics kind of make me feel more hopeful, more inspired to, like, learn my language more than I already know, and to show non-Mi’kmaq people the beauty of the song in our language,” Emma Stevens, 16, of Eskasoni, N.S., told As It Happens host Carol Off.

“I know it’s just, like, a little cover, but in our language, it’s really beautiful and it just makes a big impact.”

Listeners are definitely feeling that impact.

The cover has been viewed more than 30,000 on YouTube since it was uploaded last week by Allison Bernard Memorial High School to mark the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages.

After it aired on CBC Radio’s As It Happens Tuesday evening, dozens of listeners wrote in to express how deeply moved they were by Stevens’ haunting voice and the beauty of the Mi’kmaq lyrics.

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