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. She continues to help water walkers through live GPS spotting to make sure the water is safe on their journeys. Joanne lives near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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

Praise for The Water Walker

"...a worthwhile addition to classroom and public libraries and a resource for discussions about First Nations and ecology." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"An important topic is treated with grace, love, and a smidgen of humor in this delightful, necessary book." - Kirkus Reviews