I am Canadian, but I am Thamizh first

Written By: Midila Anton


NOT Tamil

Longest surviving child
Of Mother Earth

Through treacherous years
When the British
Ruled her island home

Decades of war
When blood and tears
Drenched her native soils

Across dark oceans
When an entire generation
Scavanged for freedom

Through centuries
My language has thrived
And I take pride

But my greatest fear?
Hearing Amma become Mommy
Seeing my own treasured language
By western assimilation
Her jewels being lost
Before my very own eyes

As a Thamizh
As a Canadian
As a Thamizh-Canadian
It is my duty
To carry forward
My first language
My mother tongue
Enathu thai mozhi

-I am Canadian, but I am Thamizh first



*Thamizh = Tamil
*Amma = mother
*Enathu thai mozhi = my mother language



FullSizeRender (1)Midila Anton is wrapping up her final year in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. Passionate about social issues, she is highly involved in the community. She is the founder and president of the MEDLIFE chapter at York University, a non-profit organization that aims to address issues of medicine, education, and development that persist amongst low-income families around the world. 
Having always been in touch with the expression of her creative side, Midila has pursued her passion for visual arts over the years as a hobby. She has very recently started to explore the world of writing. Follow her work on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MidilaAnton/ and Instagram: @midila_writes

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