Josephine Mandamin

Water Walkers to Visit Nor’wester View

On Thursday, November 2, students in the Grade 2/3 class at Nor’wester View Public School will have some very special guests visit their school. The students will be visited by author and illustrator Joanne Robertson who wrote the book The Water Walker and as an added bonus, the students will also be visited by the subject of the story, Elder Josephine Mandamin.

“It will be very exciting for the students to meet the author and illustrator of a published book,” says Andrea Petersen, Grade 2/3 Teacher at Nor’wester View Public School. “But how often do you get to meet the main character of a book? The students will have the opportunity to ask questions of both the author and the main character!”

The Water Walker
“The story of a determined Ojibwe Grandmother (Nokomis) Josephine Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (water). Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men, and youth, have walked around all the Great Lakes from the four salt waters, or oceans, to Lake Superior. The walks are full of challenges, and by her example Josephine challenges us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.”