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Sportsnet's Hometown Hockey is making a local stop this weekend.
The traveling broadcast is visiting the Enoch Cree Nation this weekend, with a day full of activities tomorrow before the broadcast on Sunday.
Hometown Hockey is hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone.
The stop in Enoch Cree Nation marks the first time Hometown Hockey has been hosted in a First Nations community. Prominent Indigenous hockey players such as Johnathan Cheechoo, Jordin Tootoo, Brigette Lacquette, and others will be part of the show. Sportsnet will also be collaborating with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) for another first-ever moment – a televised NHL game with play-by-play performed in Plains Cree language.
Slone says she's looking forward to putting indigenous voices into the spotlight.
“I think it’s going to be quite profound. In our experiences travelling across the country, we’ve had a lot of connection with First Nations and Indigenous communities across Canada. There’s so much more of that story that needs to be told, [and] so much more that we need to learn,” she said.
The broadcast features the Montreal Canadiens taking on the Carolina Hurricanes, and will be at the Enoch Recreation Centre.
Slone says she's proud of how the communities they visit take the lead on the stories that are told.
“The lens through which we tell stories is hockey, but the stories are quite universal. In terms of determining which stories need to be told and how they’re told; this weekend that’s not up to us. Our job is to listen and provide the space,” she said.
This is the fifth and final stop in Alberta this year, and the second last of the season. The fifth year of Hometown Hockey wraps up in Saskatoon next week.