I Want the Survivors to Know: Justice Murray Sinclair, translated by Solomon Ratt

On this first official National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, we share in Cree the words of Justice Murray Sinclair, TRC Commissioner. We join him in sending our wishes of love and comfort to all the survivors of Canada’s Residential and Day Schools, and to all those whose lives continue to be shaped with pain through Canada’s deepest shame. Thanks to Julie Flett for permission to use this image from her collaboration with David A. Robertson, When We Were Alone, published by Portage and Main Press.

ninitawēyimāwak opaspīwak kita-kiskēyihtahkik:
kiwāpamitin; kipēhtātin; kitāpwēyimitin;
anohc nika-takwastān – kisākihitin

ᓂᓂᑕᐍᔨᒫᐘᐠ ᐅᐸᐢᐲᐘᐠ ᑭᑕ ᑭᐢᑫᔨᐦᑕᐦᑭᐠ:
ᑭᐚᐸᒥᑎᐣ; ᑭᐯᐦᑖᑎᐣ; ᑭᑖᐻᔨᒥᑎᐣ;
ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᓂᑲ ᑕᑿᐢᑖᐣ – ᑭᓵᑭᐦᐃᑎᐣ

I Want the Survivors to know
I see you; I hear you; I believe you:
Today I add – I love you.

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