I was torn: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

kikâwînaw askîhk ohci:
kanâtaskîhk î-kî-wîkiyân.
nikî-tâtopitikawin ikota ohci

ᓂᑮ ᑖᑐᐱᑎᑲᐏᐣ
ᑭᑳᐑᓇᐤ ᐊᐢᑮᕽ ᐅᐦᒋ:
ᑲᓈᑕᐢᑮᕽ ᐄ ᑮ ᐑᑭᔮᐣ᙮
ᓂᑮ ᑖᑐᐱᑎᑲᐏᐣ ᐃᑯᑕ ᐅᐦᒋ
ᑕ ᓂᑕᐏ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᒋᑮᔮᐣ
ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐋᐏ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᓂᕽ᙮

I was torn from Our Mother Earth
as I was living on sacred land.
I was torn from there
to go to school
at the Residential School.

Sol’s sent a link to accompany his reflection, about All Saints School in Lac La Ronge, where he was taken year after year. Of his dear father – whose heart broke to send his children there – Sol says: “My dad would try to say ‘All Saints School’ but the best he could do was ‘wâcinskôl.’ He ran away on the first day he was there and never looked back.”


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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