Stolen Childhood: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

Violet, Coral and Darling blowing bubbles. Photo thanks to Tammy Ratt.


î-awâsisîwiyan, î-papâmi-mîtawîyan,
î-papâmi-kwâskohtiyan, î-iskwâtawiyan mistikwak,
poko kîkway î-mâmaskâtaman
î-kihcinâhoyan î-sâkihikawiyan

…kîtahtawî ayamihikimâwak kâ-pî-kwâsihiskwâw.


ᐄ ᐊᐚᓯᓰᐏᔭᐣ, ᐄ ᐸᐹᒥ ᒦᑕᐑᔭᐣ,
ᐄ ᐸᐹᒥ ᒁᐢᑯᐦᑎᔭᐣ, ᐄ ᐃᐢᒁᑕᐏᔭᐣ ᒥᐢᑎᑿᐠ,
ᐳᑯ ᑮᑿᐩ ᐄ ᒫᒪᐢᑳᑕᒪᐣ
ᐄ ᑭᐦᒋᓈᐦᐅᔭᐣ ᐄ ᓵᑭᐦᐃᑲᐏᔭᐣ

…ᑮᑕᐦᑕᐑ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐃᑭᒫᐘᐠ ᑳ ᐲ ᒁᓯᐦᐃᐢᒁᐤ᙮


you are a child, playing about,
jumping, climbing trees,
marvelling at everything in the world,
secure in the love you feel from others

…then the priests came to kidnap you.

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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