The dual language edition, in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) and English, of The Water Walker, the award-winning story of a determined Ojibwe Nokomis (Grandmother) Josephine-ba Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (water). Nokomis walked 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-ba invites us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.
Ontario Library Association's 2018 Best Bets | 2018 | Commended
2018 (Spring) - Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens | 2018 | Commended
Indigenous Voices Awards | 2018 | Short-listed
AICL's Best Books of 2017 - American Indians in Children's Literature | 2017 | Commended
First Nation Communities READ Indigenous Literature Award - Children’s Category | 2018 | Winner
"[Josephine-ba Mandamin] began a walk around Lake Superior in 2003 that instigated many more walks to draw attention to threats and celebrate the importance of water. Mandamin passed away in 2019, but her legacy lives on in water walks and especially in future generations."