kimaskihkêminaw / Our Medicine: Wayne Jackson (y-dialect)

kinêhiyawêwinâw kimaskihkêminaw,
tâpiskôc ê-nâtawihikoyahk.
mâcika tahto-kîsikâw âpacihtâkan,
piyisk ka-miywayân,
kiyâm pêyak itwêwin kaskihtâyani tâpitaw.
ahkamêyimok.

ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᓇᐤ ᑭᒪᐢᑭᐦᑫᒥᓇᐤ,
ᑖᐱᐢᑰᐨ ᐁ ᓈᑕᐏᐦᐃᑯᔭᕽ᙮
ᒫᒋᑲ ᑕᐦᑐ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᐋᐸᒋᐦᑖᑲᐣ,
ᐱᔨᐢᐠ ᑲ ᒥᔺᔮᐣ,
ᑭᒫᒼ ᐯᔭᐠ ᐃᑘᐏᐣ ᑲᐢᑭᐦᑖᔭᓂ ᑖᐱᑕᐏ᙮
ᐊᐦᑲᒣᔨᒧᐠ᙮

Our nêhiyaw language is our medicine,
it heals us.
Therefore use it everyday,
eventually you’ll feel good,
even if you’re only able to use one word continually.
Persevere.

Thank you, Wayne Jackson for permission to share this from your June 2018 FaceBook post. Sorry it’s taken so long to get here in this form: thank you for persevering!

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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