Solomon Ratt: International Mother Tongue Day, 21 February 2017 (th-dialect with audio)

ninanâskomon ôma kâ-pî-ispathik ithiniw-pîkiskwîwin kîsikâw.

ninanâskomâwak nitâniskô-wâhkôwâhkômâkanak kâ-pî-âniskô-kiskinwahamâkoyahkwâw nîhithaw-isîhcikîwin mîna nîhithawâtisiwin, nîhithaw-pimâtisiwin.

nipakosîthimon ôtî-nîkân kitâniskôtâpâninawak kitâti-âniskô-kiskinwahamawâcik ocawâsimisiwâwa, ôsisimiwâwa, kahkithaw nîhithawâtisiwin.

ikwa anohc, âhkamîthimok, âh-âcathohkâtitok, nîhithawîstamâtitok. iyisâhok ta-wanihtâyîk kipîkiskwîwininaw.

ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐣ  ᐆᒪ  ᑳᐱᐃᐢᐸᖨᐠ  ᐃᖨᓂᐤ ᐲᑭᐢᑹᐏᐣ  ᑮᓯᑳᐤ᙮

ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒫᐘᐠ ᓂᑖᓂᐢᑰᐚᐦᑰᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓇᐠ  ᑳᐲᐋᓂᐢᑰᑭᐢᑭᐣᐘᐦᐊᒫᑯᔭᐦᒁᐤ ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐤ ᐃᓰᐦᒋᑮᐏᐣ ᒦᓇ ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐚᑎᓯᐏᐣ,  ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐤ ᐱᒫᑎᐊᐸᓯᐏᐣ᙮

ᓂᐸᑯᓰᖨᒧᐣ ᐆᑎᓃᑳᐣ  ᑭᑖ ᓂᐢᓃᑳᐣ  ᑭᑖᓂᐢᑰᑖᐹᓂᓇᐘᐠ  ᑭᑖᑎ ᐋᓂᐢᑰ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒪᐚᒋᐠ  ᐅᒐᐚᓯᒥᓯᐚᐘ,  ᐆᓯᓯᒥᐚᐘ, ᑲᐦᑭᖬᐤ  ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐚᑎᓯᐏᐣ᙮

ᐃᑿ  ᐅᓄᐦᐨ, ᐋᐦᑲᒦᖨᒧᐠ,  ᐋᐦ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑳᑎᑐᐠ,  ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐑᐢᑕᒫᑎᑐᐠ᙮   ᐃᔨᓵᐦᐅᐠ  ᑕ ᐘᓂᐦᑖᔩᐠ  ᑭᐲᑭᐢᑹᐏᓂᓇᐤ᙮

I am grateful that this is coming First Nations Languages Day.
I give thanks to the ancestors who came to pass on from generation to generation the Cree culture, Cree traditions, Cree life.
I hope that future generations pass on these teachings to their children, their grandchildren, all ways of being Cree.
And today, persevere, tell each other the traditional stories, speak Cree to each other. Resist losing our language.

2 Responses

  1. Hi,

    We are doing a presentation this coming Wednesday for our ELNG 200 class with Chauntel Baudu. It is on language loss and we are focusing on the Indigenous Peoples losing their mother tongue through assimilation and their removal from their ancestral homes to attend residential schools.

    Would you be willing to send me the audio recording of Solomon Ratt introducing the reason for International Mother TongueDay at this address:
    May we use it in our presentation?

    p.s. I took Cree 100 with Darren Okemaysim.

    Sincerely, Tanya Weller

    1. Like all the resources on the Cree Literacy Network, you are welcome to use the material with our blessings! This is the best kind of thanks we can imagine. And you are welcome to download the audio file as well: On my computer, when I right-click on the audio bar, I can then choose “Save as”. I hope this works for you. Goo luck on Wednesday!

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