Water Walker Painting by Moses Lunham, 

Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, 2019



- we have a reciprocal relationship with the Earth

- we are stewards of the Earth

- we can take care of the Earth in a sustainable way

Every school has this book! 

The determined Ojibwe grandmother (Nokomis), Josephine Mandamin, and her great love for Nibi (water) walked to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet.  Josephine, (Anishinaabemowin: Biidaasige-ba - "The one who comes with the light", February 21, 1942 – February 22, 2019)  passed away in 2019 and her determination and example challenges us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.  Josephine's story connects locally since Josephine, along with other women, men and youth, have walked around all the Great Lakes from the four salt waters, or oceans, to Lake Superior. 

Visit the website Mother Earth Water Walker to view photo galleries, recent news and stories as well as watch videos about the continued actions to protect water. 

For a limited time, this book is read by the author, Joanne Robertson in this youtube video linked above. 

These books are in all schools! 

Sample Virtual Classroom Choiceboards 

Sample Virtual Classroom Slides

Primary Grade Level Ideas

View the book, the Water Walker, read by author Joanne Robertson: 

This book is also in your school!


Water Scavenger Hunt 

Water Scavenger Hunt

Visit the Wonderoplis website to find out interesting information about water.


Look critically at the way we use water every day using this Environmental Footprint Water Consumption pdf.



Share how you are protecting the Earth's water! 

Emailing The+Water+Walker_COLOURING+PAGE_1.pdf

Create a message of hope for the environment

Junior Grade Level Ideas

View the book, the Water Walker, read by author Joanne Robertson: 


Read the infographic below and list 3-5 ways you can protect water.

Visit the Wonderoplis website to find out interesting information about water.


Get outside and play this clean water and sanitation activity!

Learn more about the groundwater cycle and pollution (French)

Our Planet: Special Issue on the Environment (French Resource)  


Learn the Water Song and the story behind it: 

The Water Song, by Doreen Day, is one way to do something for the water. 

The story of the Nibi (Water) Song told by Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson, Migizi Clan.

This song was written by Doreen Day at the request of her grandson. She attended a conference about the water in which the internationally known speaker, Dr. Masaru Emoto said, the very least we should do every day, is to speak to the water:

Water, we love you.

We thank you.

We respect you.

Doreen, an Ojibway Anishinaabe kwe and Mother Earth Water Walker, was with Nokomis when she started the first walk. Read her story of how this song came to be as she and her son crossed the waters between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Wisconsin to attend school. We can all do something for the water. Read her story and learn about the water song linked here: 

Share how you are protecting the Earth's water! 

Emailing The+Water+Walker_COLOURING+PAGE+2.pdf

Create a message of hope for the environment

Intermediate and Secondary Ideas

View the book, the Water Walker, read by author Joanne Robertson: 

Listen to the Secret Life of Water CBC Podcast

The Transcript to the Secret Life of Water CBC Podcast can be used to follow along as you listen to the podcast. 

TRANSCRIPT_ Secret Life of Canada - The Secret Life of Water.pdf


Investigate your personal daily water usage.

7. Water Journal.docx

Water and Energy Infographic

Learn the differences between groundwater and surface water, and why they are important. 


Examine the impact of boil water advisories and access to clean water on reserves. 


Sustainable Consumption (French Resource) 


Research a current Canadian environmental initiative and design an outline for a social justice campaign. 

All banners in the image linked above are free to download and use for all water and land protection actions by grassroots people. Permission is not granted for private companies or profit.

"We’re all born of water, we’re all connected with the water; we’re all related in that way. Even though we’re not related by blood, we’re related by water. So water is very precious for us.” -Josephine Mandamin

For the Anishinaabe, water is associated with Mother Earth and it is the responsibility of grandmothers (nokomis) to lead other women to pray for and protect water. Josephine Mandamin, one of the original water walkers, wanted “to do something about it.” And that she did! She led water walks all around the Great Lakes, bringing awareness of the need to protect water. She has since passed away and we carry her message of the need to protect water. We will have grandmothers join us on our water walk and show support of our call to protect water as a school. 

Videos & Documentaries 

"The water is sick, ... and people really need to fight for that water, to speak for that water, to love that water." Josephine Mandamin

Performed by Dorene Day, Waubanewquay, Marten Clan & Produced by Stephen Lang 

Josephine Mandamin's Water Journey 

"I speak for the water because water is alive and it does have a spirit. And she hurts every day. " Autumn Peltier 

Autumn Peltier addresses the UN on the importance of water. 

Canada's Water Crisis: Indigenous Families at Risk

Teaching Resources 


CBC Teaching Materials Folder 

Every Drop Counts: Every school has multiple copies of this scholastic resource. 


Write a letter to the Prime Minister! 



Interactive Maps of Water Advisories Across Canada: http://www.watertoday.ca/map-graphic.asp