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Words of Wisdom

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Brush up on your Mohawk with highlights from WIOT TV's season 3 Knowledge Keepers.

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For many Indigenous students, getting a college or university degree requires that they leave their community and family - sometimes for years at a time. It's no easy feat, and there is always the worry of losing one's language, traditional knowledge, and cultural identity in the process. Luckily, more and more educational institutions are beginning to realize what Indigenous students need. And the students themselves are now speaking out, standing up, and connecting with one another to achieve their personal goals - whatever they may be.

In this edition of 'Words of Wisdom', we're featuring commentary from Waneek Horn-Miller, Lucina Gordon, Morley Hanson, and Melissa Irwin:

Sótsi ioterihwanákere kí:ken ierihwarákwas tsi ionterihwaiénstha Inuit-néshon.

Wà:kehre takkà:ronste ne akerihonnienníhtshera. Wa'katatóntsten nakatíta tekaténsne. Tsi na'tkashéntho tsi tonsakhenonhwerá:ton ne onkwatenro'shòn:'a tánon akhwá:tsire. Wà:kehre akerihwará:ko. Nó:nen í:kehre eh ná:tiere nahò:ten'k, énksha wáhi.

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√ď:nen iei√≥he aonseti√≥n:ni k√≠:ken kanaker√°shera tokenskehtsher√°:kon n√≥n:we.¬†Ne ki' na√≥n:ton sk√©n:nen tsi n√≠:tsi aietewaht√©n:ti tsi nonkw√°:ti s√©nha sk√©n:nen n√≠:ioht.

Iorihow√°:nen ne taiont√≥hetste high school Inuit tsi thatin√°kere.¬†Jaanimmarik tsi ionterihwaienst√°hkhwa iah√†:ke.¬†√Č:so r√°:ti r√≥n:ne'skwe kindergarten n√≥n:we¬†Iah eh teshat√≠hne sha'tehontohetst√†:ne high school.¬†√Č:so teka'nik√≥nhrhare nonkwe't√†:ke t√°non n√®:'e √≠:kehre tkarih√≥n:nis.¬†Sewati√©:rens enieia'tot√°hrhe'ne √≥:ni ne ratiia'tas√©:ha.¬†Onen't√°keri wahotii√©:na nakw√©:kon.¬†√Č:so kahw√°:tsire ratiniah√©:sen th√≠:ken n√°hontste¬†a'√©:ren ahatih√°:wihte tsi nah√≤:ten tehoti'nik√≥nhrhare.¬†Went√≥:re ne tai√©:taste th√≠:ken tewahkwat√°:ses.¬†Ti√≥:konte akh√©n:ton sh√≠:kate nonen't√°keri.¬†Kwah katahkw√°swenskwe shikeks√†:'a.¬†Takat√°shawen akhnek√¨:ra sha'tia'tas√©:ha'ne.¬†Tewakhniot√°tie th√≠:ken n√≤n:wa.¬†S√©nha aontianerenst√©n:nike t√≥ka' iah eh tha'taonkwatoh√©tstonke.¬†S√≥tsi onti√©:na th√≠:ken wa'khnek√¨:ra, √©nska shia'k√°:ienhte √≥:nen'k tsi iontatia'tak√©hnhas wa'onkw√°tken'se.

√Č:so k√°:ien nah√≤:ten enw√°:ton enioia'tak√©hnha ne¬†karihonni√©n:ni Arctic n√≥n:we.

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√ďtia'ke n√®:'e a√≥:wen ne tsi n√≥n:we iotenonsha'kar√≠:te ahsi'ter√≥n:take n√©ne iah tha'tetionkwe't√°here.¬†Tsi ronati√©n:ni ne sk√©n:nen tsi nahoti'nikonhro't√©nhake t√°non tsi nahonnonhnho't√©nhake.¬†Tsi enw√°:ton ahont√©weienste tsi niionkwarih√≤:tens.¬†T√°non nai√°kwatste onkwaw√©n:na tsi tionkwan√≥nshote t√°non tsi tiakwaterihwai√©nstha n√≥n:we.

Waterí:io í:ken. Rón:nehre ne eh nahsia'to'ténhake tsi ní:ioht ne ronónha tsi nihatiia'tò:ten. Tewattíhen waterí:io ne onkwehón:we akorihwà:ke university nón;we. Nè:'e aorì:wa tsi wahonhténtia'te thí:ken kaia'takehnháhtshera tsi enwá:ton ahsheia'tatshén:ri ónhkha tesewatén:ro. Nè:'e wakaterihón:tahkwe McGill shitewatió'te, Takherì:wawa'se tsi niká:ien eh na'akoià:tawen tsi iah teiontaterihwakweniénston.

Tsi nahò:ten katehrhá:rats tsi nonkwá:ti ne Inuit karihonnién:ni? Katkáhthos tsi Inuit enshakotirihónnien ó:ia Inuit Inuktitut nón:we. Tsi ontionkwe'ta'shòn:'a tehontohétstha high school sha'té:ioht ne korahró:non. Tánon tsi ratíshere ohnà:ken tekeníhaton karihonnién:ni. Tsi ní:ioht ne Alaska tánon Norway, katkáhthos university akanonshó:te kèn:tho Arctic nón:we. Nè:'e entkáhawe ne ka'nikonhrahniráhtshera, kakwatshéhtshera, atateweniióshera tánon ne kwah ahsatáttoke. Sénha rati'shátste ne ón:kwe nó:nen sénha enie'shátsten'ne ne tseià:ta.

 

 

 

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