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Arielle Tuliao, B.C. 'O Canada' Singer, Will Take A Knee After U.S. Anthem At Seahawks Game

She says she couldn't let fear stop her from "doing the right thing.''

09/29/2017 16:25 EDT | Updated 09/29/2017 16:31 EDT
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Vancouver-based singer Arielle Tuliao appears at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game on March 29, 2017.

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver woman invited to sing O Canada before a Seahawks game in Seattle says she will take a knee after the American anthem to support protesting NFL players.

Arielle Tuliao says she broke down in tears after the team contacted her to sing Canada's national anthem as they honour their growing Canadian fan base at Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

But Tuliao says she's been conflicted about how to support players who have kneeled during the Star-Spangled Banner as part of protests against police brutality and then against U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of their actions as unpatriotic.

Why American athletes are kneeling during the national anthem:

Tuliao says she was initially afraid to wade into the issue in the U.S. but decided she couldn't let fear stop her from "doing the right thing'' and showing her support for human rights.

The 28-year-old anthem singer says kneeling after O Canada would have gone against the Seahawks' celebration of Canada so she decided today to kneel after the American anthem.

Tuliao has belted out Canada's national anthem for the Vancouver Canucks and the Whitecaps and says she's equally thrilled to honour her country south of the border.

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