1. “One day while I was feeling burdened by life’s problems I began to have thoughts that made me wonder what it must be like in the afterlife. This happened four days after my daughter had passed away at a hospital in Saskatoon.
1. pêyakwâw mîna mêkwâc êyikohk ê-mikoskâtêyihtamân kahkiyaw kîkway pimâtisiwinihk kâ-mâci-mâmitonêyihtamân, tânisi êtikwê ê-ispayik mâna ôtê kotakihk askîhk itê ahcahkwak kâ-ayâcik ê-ay-itêyihtamân. êwako ôma nêwo-askiy ê-ispayik ê-kî- wanihak nitânis ôtê Saskatoon ahkosiwikamikohk.
2. Saddened by the death of my daughter I was not thinking very clearly, but managed to observe my regular prayers before retiring for the night.
2.kâ-isi-kaskêyihtamân nitânis ohci namôya kwayask nikî-isi-mâmitonêyihtên. mâka wiya ninâkatohkân ta-ayamihâyân mâna wî-nipâyâni kâ-tipiskâk.
3. As I lay in bed I was awakened by a presence in my room. It was my daughter. Her spirit came to visit me. She began to speak and this is what she told me. “Mother, the Creator is spiritually wealthy. He provides all that I need. Do not be concerned for me. Do not bother to place any offering of food for me. I have left you with my children. They are now yours to take care of and love.”
3. ê-pa-pimisiniyân ôma kâ-pawâtamân êsa kâ-môsihak awiyak. nitânis! nitânis otahcahkwa ê-pê-kiyokêyit. kâ-mâci-pîkiskwêt êsa, êkosi ôma ê-isit, “nikâwiy, mitoni manitow wêyôtisiw, kahkiyaw kîkway nimiyik. kâya ka-mâmitonêyihtamihitin. kâya mîna ahpô kîkway mîciwin astamawin. kinakatamâtin nicawâsimisak, kiya aniki êkwa, ta- kanawêyimacik, mîna ta-sâkihacik.”
4. The moment my daughter’s spirit left the room I felt joyful and relieved of the heaviness from the days before. I now realise the importance of having faith in times of hardship where one’s thoughts need to be directed towards a greater power.”
4. mâyaw nitânis otahcahkwa ê-kî-sipwêhtêyit mitoni nimiywêyihtên êkwa ninakatikon anima kâ-kî-kosokoskâkoyân kîkway pêci nâway. kâ-kiskisiyân tâpwêwakêyihtamowin ôma kîspin kîkway kâ-pimipayik. ta-mâmitonêyimiht ispimihk ana ahcahk sohkâtisiwin kâ- ayât.
Mrs. Minny Paddy
Island Lake First Nation