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Listen to a Membertou linguist read In Flanders Fields in Mi’kmaq – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 10, 201769 Views

Bernie Francis wanted his community to recognize the contribution of its Mi’kmaq soldiers, veterans

Nov 10, 2017

There’s a familiar cadence to his voice as Bernie Francis stands in the shadow of the cenotaph, the Mi’kmaq poem flowing from his lips.

It’s one he’s translated roughly six times now — and he’ll deliver In Flanders Fields again at Membertou’s annual Remembrance Day supper Saturday night.

Each time, the linguist says, he gets a little closer to the souls buried in the words. The words that schoolchildren mouth at assemblies each November. The lines written by bereaved Canadian physician and soldier John McCrae after burying his student and friend.

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