Sometimes we all need a little encouragement, so after you listen to Sol and repeat (at least) four times, please be sure to pass on the message.* Feel free to print and share as well! Thanks to Lawrence Lamouche, Wayne Jackson and Solomon Ratt for helping to pull this powerful little message of affirmation together, and to Martin Bryan Atkinson for motivating us all. Audio thanks to Solomon Ratt.
*Of course, passing on the message in Cree means you need to know additional verb forms for itôtam “s/he does something this way.” Here’s a table that gives our affirmation with enough verb forms to cover anyone who needs to hear it!
|anohc nika-kî-itôtên kahkiyaw kîkway||ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᓂᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑌᐣ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ||Today, I can do anything|
|anohc kika-kî-itôtên kahkiyaw kîkway||ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑕᒼ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ||Today, you can do anything (singular)|
|anohc ka-kî-itôtam kahkiyaw kîkway||ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑕᒼ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ||Today, s/he can do anything|
|anohc nika-kî-itôtênân kahkiyaw kîkway||ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᓂᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑌᓈᐣ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ||Today, we can do anything|
|anohc kika-kî-itôtênaw kahkiyaw kîkway|
anohc kika-kî-itôtênânaw kahkiyaw kîkway
|ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑭᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑌᓇᐤ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ|
ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑭᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑌᓈᓇᐤ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ
|Today, we (including you) can do anything|
|anohc kika-kî-itôtênâwâw kahkiyaw kîkway||ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑭᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑌᓈᐚᐤ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ||Today, you all can do anything|
|anohc ka-kî-itôtamwak kahkiyaw kîkway||ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑕᒷᐠ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ||Today, they can do anything|
|anohc ka-kî-itôtamiyiwa kahkiyaw kîkway||ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑕᒥᔨᐘ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ||Today, those other people can do anything|