The Water Walker

The Water Walker


Written and Illustrated by Joanne Robertson


Nokimis – our grandmothers – walk to protect our water, and to protect all of us.

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.


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About the Author

Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (White Fish First Nation) in Ontario. She continues to help water walkers through live GPS spotting to make sure they are safe on their journeys.

Product Information

  • Release: September 5, 2017
  • $16.95 Hardcover with Jacket
  • 36 Pages
  • 8.5 x 7
  • Picture Book
  • Ages 6-9 / Grades 1-3
  • ISBN: 9781772600384


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Role Models
  • Environmentalism
  • History & Social Studies
    > Canadian History
    > First Nations & Indigenous Peoples
    > Social Justice