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Iawentón:nia Kohserà:ke (tánon ne watstáhshion)!

When it comes to opinions, TED’s mighty mite Kahenientha Cross doesn’t mince words. (File Photo)

Kí ohstón:’a wahentiiohstá:nion ontié:nawa’se kí tsi kohserà:ke tsi niiawentón:nia, iah thakkwé:ni akatehrhá:rate ne kakwitehnéhkha akawerá:ron – sénha ki’ ioiá:nere aio’nísko tsi ní:ioht ne tóhsa taontá:we wáhi?

Tsi teiottenionhá:tie ne awén:ta kwah nék ne ionkwaswa’tón:ni tohkara’k nienkarahkó:ten, tánon enionkwásho ne iowerataríhen, entsohrhen’ne sok tsowísto tánon tsowerá:no. 

Ia’káhewe ne akaniehtaná:wen tánon ónen wa’on’haraná:wen, nek tsi sok are’ tentsonkwahkwa’te tsi niioren’há:on ne Tiohtià:keha awén:ta, iowísto tánon enskanonio’kwanóhste, entsonkwaterístaien. 

E’tho í:seren tsi niiohahakahrón:ton tánon tsi nihatinonhsonniá:nions, ne entí:son ne akaríhsi tsi sahrharahtsherá:ien ne kakwitè:ne aón:ton tánon aontakáhawe ne ahsatshennón:ni. 

Tóhsa oia’ ní:ioht tsi sathón:te’n, ne kohserà:ke ióhskats ni nen’ né:’e, enhsenennio’konniá:nion, tenhsathonwénhte, tenhsatatenennio’koiá’ke, nónen sótsi enwákeren’ne sok enhatihnhó:ton ne ionterihwaienstáhkhwa, é:so ne skehiá:ra’s ne shikeksá:’a. 

Ok ná:’a ne ioniehtaná:wen tánon tekawisaiéston tsi iokennó:ron, thó:’a ahsíheie tsi niió:re tsi taeso’tsísko kwah ken’ niió:re iah ki’ thakkwé:ni ne akí:ron ion’wé:sen ne tó: nén:we e’tho naiá:wen’ne. 

Ne ni’ sháka ne iakotiehtáhkhwa watstáhshion ionennio’kwanohstón:ne ónen nón:wa tsi tekanatokhánion ne teiotáhrhon. 

Hen. Ne ki wa’khiá:ton ne tsi ní:ioht tsi aienónhstate ne ohóntsa. 

Tsi teiottenionhátie ne shaoié:ra waakwanenhrinekén’ne ne 150,000 ronterihwaiénstha Tiohtià:ke nonkwá:ti, iah thaonke’nikónhrhen tsi ní:ioht tsi wa’kanonhtonniónhwe, onkehrharahtsheraienta’ne tánon wa’tka’nikonhrhá:ren. 

Tsi íakwe ne Tiohtià:ke ohaha’késhon iakwari’wanóntha oknakaié:ren, waakhíken onkwehshón:’a í:si’ iehonátie’s iehnekihrátha iotsisera’nhétskha ionniá:ton tánon kaiare’shón:’a ne ni nen’ né:’e ionniá:ton, tho kontí:ties tsi iaó:te. 

Waakhihró:ri tsi iakwarihwaia’ks tánon waakwahtén:ti, iakhiri’wanontón:ni ne onkwehshón:’a ahotiio’ten ninen’né:’e, ahatinónhstate ne tsi iohontsáte tánon tsi iotsistohkwarón:nion. Iah thénon tekarihwáhstha nek ne tho taié:ta’ne tánon aionteró:roke. 

Iehnekihrátha akè:ra ne sní:non ne enwáton enséhsatste, tóhsa sathontat ne iotsisera’nhetskha ne iehneko’tsihrektha. 

Tashawh ne í:se saiare’shón:’a nónen Super C tóka’ ni’ Mohawk Market nién:se. 

Kí tohkara’k ne watiésen tsi nénhshiere wentá:on’ tsi tewatté:ni tóka’ iakentiohkowá:nen iah thaonsaióntste ne thénon iotsisera’nhétskha ionniá:ton. 

Tóka’ nón:wa iah akwékon tekari’wanóntha tsi nahshié:re ne ohontsá:ke tánon ahsatatenonhsaríhshien tsi iáwe iah ne eco kanonhstats thátshere: Tohkara’k niiorí:wake tenhsténi ok ná:’a enioianeré’n ne. 

Tsi waakwarihwaia’ke sok ki’ ní:i onkehrharahtsheraiénta’ne tánon wa’tekta’ne nahò:ten ne iah teioiá:nere, wa’ktakwaríhsi tsi ní:ioht tsi konhnhé:tie. 

É:ren wákehte ne iokhwahstó:re teiontska’honhkhwa tsi nón:we ne iah akwah o’wá:ron tetionkhinón:tens tánon ónhka iakoterién:tare nahò:ten ne shékon oiáshon nahò:ten. 

Shékon ki’ tkehtahkhwa ne Bayview tóka’ ni’ aktéshon ne kénthon, ok ne thí é:so tsi rontenhní:nons watstáhshion í:si’ ieiakóties né ne kwah tewarihwakweniénstha Timmies tánon thí ka’wahró:ron (Big Mac). 

Tóka’ nón:wa iaietewá:hawe ne Tupperware ne tsi tetkáronhwe ne McDonald’s tánon aiethiri’wanontónhse ne ahóntste tsi ní:ioht ne tsi nikaien ne róntstha. 

Aionehrakwahta’ne ónhte wáhi. 

Iah tékehre nek ne akerí:wako tsi nahò:ten wakhtharáhkwen, iakentiohkowá:nen se’ ó:nen ne onkwehshón:’a ne ióntstha ne aónton aonsahsatste tánon ioianerahstonhátie ne tewaia’taktón:tie. 

Kattókas ne onkwatenro’shón:’a iah tehóntstha ne raoná:wen iehnekihrátha, enkheiatató:ria’te, e’tho ni ni’ ní:i niiontierá:se tóka’ ni’ ónhka akóren tóka’ iah e’tho thahatí:iere. 

Iah ne khok ne iehnekihrátha akè:ra ne ó:ni ne nahò:ten ne í:si’ iaiesá:ti ne iakonhontsare’senstáhkhwa ronnonniátha, tánon nahò:ten enwá:ton enshóntste. Tsorí:wa iorihowá:nen ne Dawson, áhsen nihoti’náhkote tsi nónwe áhseta ne watstáhshion, aónton ne óia nahò:ten aonsóntston, tánon ne iakenhontsare’senstáhkhwa ronnonniátha, kwah tekontera’nekhánion ne ka’náhkon. 

Ne wakentorá:se ne akenonhstate, né: ne o’wá:ron tánon ohné:kanos. 

Tsi niwenserá:kon ne kwes kwes o’wá:ron kaien’kwararíkton tánon ne tiohnhonskwárron o’wá:ron watéskonte, kwah iah thaskwé:ni í:si’ iáhshien. 

Tóka’ ónhka iakawentorá:se, kà:ron na’se’wá:rak tánon tesahsteríhen ne ahsatá:wen, ióio’te’ ki’ ní:i ne akerihwá:ke. 

É:so ió:ien tsi naié:iere taietewaté:ni tsi nitewaiérha, tánon iah se’ e’tho niió:re tsi tewentó:re tsi nitewéhre. 

Ne nón:wa iorí:wase ne aienónhstate ne ohóntsa ónen ki’ taiotahsawátie tánon aó:wen ne akwé:kon ia’taietewani’tsonhkhwahkwe aiethiiatia’tahrháse.

Mohawk translation by Mina Beauvais, original text below:

The recent weather has been the cure to my winter blues and I cannot wait for the spring winds to make their appearance at last – better late than never right?

The seasonal change has been teasing us by giving a couple of sunny days and warm smelling breezes, just to follow up with a chilled morning and crisp winds the next day.

The snow finally melts and the ground starts to thaw but then we’re hit with that typical Montreal-chill weather that freezes everything into a death trap.

Add in the legendarily pot holes and construction sites of the city and you have the perfect recipe for absolutely dashing all hopes of spring happiness.

Don’t get me wrong, the winter season and fluffy snow falls are amazing. Sledding and snowball wars after a heavy snow fall forces schools to shut down for the day were the highlights of my childhood.

But the slush-snow and freezing rain weather with a warning of imminent death by sliding down three blocks are not things I can enjoy for an extended period of time.

Not to mention all the garbage that was frozen and then thawed out in the streets.

Yes. I did just make this about the environment.

The climate change walk-out, that myself and 150,000 other students from the Montreal area participated in, was an experience that filled me with both optimism and dismay.

As we walked the streets of Montreal demanding action to be taken, there were people throwing plastic cups on the street and plastic bags being carried in the wind.

We protest and walk and encourage everyone else to take up the task of saving our planet, but there isn’t any purpose in being a bystander.

Buy that reusable mug and say no to plastic straws.

Bring your own reusable grocery bags when visiting Super C or Mohawk Market.

These handful of easy tasks will make the change necessary if a majority of the demographic isn’t using plastic in their daily lives.

The protest flared a new inspiration in me to stop my intake of nastiness and clean up my life.

Staying away from fast food restaurants that feed us fake meat and who knows what else.

Eating out at Bayview and the local places are still in my options, but the mass producers of garbage are our beloved Timmy’s and Big Macs. 

Maybe if there was a way to bring a Tupperware up to the McDonald’s counter and ask them to use that instead of the non-recyclable containers they use.

What a scene that would be.

I don’t want to be all negative with this topic. I mean, there are many more people partaking in the reusable-everything trend and it’s amazing for the environment. 

I catch my friends not using their mug when we go to Tim Hortons and bicker at them, and they do the same to me or anyone else who isn’t doing their part.

Not only in reusing mugs, but with compost and recycling as well – one great thing about Dawson is that they have all three options of waste places available in every corner of the college.

Garbage, recycling and a compost bin all sitting next to each other.

The harder part of being more environmentally-friendly is my meat and water consumption.

The deliciousness of bacon and prime rib are just too tempting to ignore it entirely.

If anyone else is struggling with it, having smaller portions of meat and just taking quicker showers is working for me so far.

There are so many other ways to clean up our consumer life styles and it’s not as out of reach as we think. 

A trend of environmentally-friendly everything is starting up and it’s one that everyone should be jumping on.

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