kiyâpic nimithkowin / I’m still bleeding: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

kikî-wîhtamowin î-mihtâtaman;
kiyâpic nimithkowin.

kikî-mîthin sôniyâw;
kiyâpic nimithkowin.

<kîkwây kâ-nitawîthihtaman?>

othasowâsik aniki kâ-kî-misiwanâcihcikîcik.
môtha pônipathin othasowîwin
nipahiwîwin ohci,
ahpô otihtinikîwin,
ahpô kwâsihiwîwin.
pakwanita pîkiskwîwin ikwa mâtohkâsowin
namwâc nika-nanâtawihikon:
itôtamowin poko.

You’ve offered me an apology;
I’m still bleeding.
You’ve offered me compensation;
I’m still bleeding.

<What do you want?>

Hold those responsible accountable.
There is no statute of limitations
on murder,
or rape,
or kidnapping.

Empty words and crocodile tears won’t help me heal: action will.

#215children #truthandreconciliation

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