Marc Miller

Your member of parliament for


Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Soeurs

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Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Soeurs

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Speech Requesting Papal Apology

Below is the full version of the speech I gave regarding the papal apology. On Thursday, I rose in the House of Commons to request in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk), a language prohibited in residential schools, that the Holy Father apologize to indigenous people for the harm done in those schools. The Kanien’kéha words and translation are reproduced below.

 

Wa’tkonnonhwerá:ton í:se Satenonhsahsteríhstha
Wa’tkwanonhwerá:ton í:se nè:ne kén:’en sewaia’tarò:ron
Wakatshennón:ni né:’e tsi skáhne ítewe’s ne kanonhsakwe’ní:io Korahne nè:ne Ratirón:taks raononhwentsià:ke ká:ien.

Shé:kon konnónnhe ne owennahshón:’a nè:ne Shonkwaia’tison shonkwá:wi.

É:so nihá:ti ne onkwehón:we wahotiwennáhton’se’ ne raotiwennahshón:’a kanonhsakónhshon ne iontaweia’tahkwahshón:’a nè:ne thonnónhtonskwe ne ononhsatokenhtihró:non.

Roteríhonte aonsahshako’nikonhrí:iohste’ ne onkwehón:we ne ohén:ton iè:rate ne ononhsatokénhti.

I greet all of you here today and I am happy to be here together in Canada’s House which sits on Algonquin land.

The languages given to us by our Creator are still alive.

Many indigenous people lost their languages in the schools run by the church people.

The Pope has a responsibility to apologize to the indigenous people.