The Honourable Murray Sinclair on Reconciliation (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect)

“All Canadians need to confront the past,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this weekend as he visited La Ronge as part of Truth and Reconciliation Week. He was photographed with a few of our favourite Cree speakers, too, like Simon Bird and Laura Bournouf. 

The Honourable Murray Sinclair expressed a similar view of reconciliation with a powerful metaphor that I stumbled on this morning. I asked Solomon Ratt to translate it. Solomon, of course, has climbed many a mountain. Knows a thing or two about metaphor as well.

But before I could ask him to record audio to go with this translation, he prodded me to do some climbing of my own: “Now you do the audio. I have no voice… Show us what’s possible with SRO!”

So please forgive the far-from-perfect SRO Cree reading of a very slow learner here: for what it’s worth, I’m trying to do my share of climbing!

kiwîhtamâtinân kâ-isinâkwahk waciy.
kiwâpahtahitinân mêskanâs tahkohtâmatin kâ-itamok.
kinitomitinân ta-iskwahtawîyan.

ᑭᐑᐦᑕᒫᑎᓈᐣ ᑳ ᐃᓯᓈᑿᕽ ᐘᒋᐩ᙮
ᑭᐚᐸᐦᑕᐦᐃᑎᓈᐣ ᒣᐢᑲᓈᐢ ᑕᐦᑯᐦᑖᒪᑎᐣ ᑳ ᐃᑕᒧᐠ᙮
ᑭᓂᑐᒥᑎᓈᐣ ᑕ ᐃᐢᑿᐦᑕᐑᔭᐣ᙮

“We have described for you a mountain.
We have shown you the path to the top.
We call upon you to do the climbing.” .

Photo: Solomon Ratt – Banff’s Sulphur Mountain.

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