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SCREENING: Mother Earth Water Walk 2011 documentary

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Please join us at the screening!

Filmmaker Jeff Bear from UrbanRez Productions of B.C. is flying in with the film. Mother Earth Water Walker, Nokomis Josephine Mandamin will be here.

We are very pleased that Jeff Bear is coming all the way to the Sault for this screening. During the 2011 walk, the Central Communications Post was on this campus at Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. Many of our students participated in the water walk, and many of them, including Josephine will be graduating this June.

Everyone is welcome.

DATE: Thursday, May 24, 2012

TIME: Doors open 7pm, things get underway at 7:30pm.

PLACE: Great West Life Amphitheatre, Algoma University, 1520 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON



There is no admission fee but donations towards the Lake Nipigon journey are welcome.

The poster is below.

Miigwech. See you there.


MEWW POSTER for SCREENING, Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sneak Peak:

Maude Barlow to Water Walkers + Right to Water

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Maude’s statement to Mother Earth Water Walkers

Council of Canadians Submission – Right to Water

On May 20th, 2011, the Mother Earth Water Walkers  stopped at Victoria Island for the day. Emma Lui, Council of Canadians, shared a statement prepared by Maude Barlow.

Chi miigwech to Francine Payer and Irving Leblanc from the AFN for coordinating the event.

Photo: Emma Lui, Council of Canadians.

Victoria Island, Ottawa, Ontario, May 20th, 2011, 10am-2pm

Photos by Joanne Lamoureaux

Josephine Mandamin Week 1 completed – TRAILER

Friday, April 15th, 2011


I’m so happy to be posting this. Jeff Bear from Urbanrez Productions is sharing the Send Off from the west. You may know Jeff’s work… and his Samaqan: Water Stories that show on APTN.

I’ve included his letter. In a short time he seems to have caught on to Josephine. lol

My heart is full watching this Jeff. I believe you have captured the spirit of the water walk.

Jeff is looking for feedback and would like us all to spread the word.

Chi miigwech Jeff and crew for this work, and esp. for carrying the staff for our women and the water.
Joanne Robertson, Misko Anungo Kwe, Migizi Clan
Coordinator, Central Communications Post, Water Walk 2011  facebook: Water Walk 2011

Hello Water Friends and my sister Shirley,
Please use this link below to see part of Josephine’s first leg of Water Walk 2011. The walk began on an overcast day that was accented by intermittent showers. There was, however, not nearly enough precipitation to dull the day brightened by the warmth and beauty of Josephine’s words, prayers, songs and sense of humor. When no one was looking but the sneakiest camera in the crowd, Josephine filled up her pale and with a gentle push walked up a steep hill in the first few steps her longest water walk yet. People were still eating, and all but a few realised that the walk was on. From that point on we couldn’t keep up to her. We chased her for a day and finally around day two we were keeping ahead of her. But it took a Suburban and a Subaru to do so. On Day three our Maori crew member was invited to carry the eagle staff and all the boys wanted in. So we all carried the Eagle for a few hundred ceremonial steps. It felt awesome to be included.
Let me just express a big thanks for all those who have helped us get this far with the story. I owe it almost all to Josephine, though, for trusting us and having faith that we would get it right. A Big thanks to Tina and Delbert for generosity, time and Delbert’s great composition and clip used in the trailer.
I hope you enjoy the glimpse and feel free to offer feedback or spread the word.

The link

Mother Earth Water Walks need immediate help in Washington!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011


I just posted this on facebook:
Good morning! I got a telephone message made at 4:30 this morning from Grandmother Josephine Mandamin. They need our help!  Josephine needs me to call them and tell them that they have support walkers and staff carriers coming… and i know of no one that has stood up to do this, so I haven’t called her… yet… please answer Nokomis’ call for more walkers and staff carriers… there are only the 3 of them now, herself, Shelley and Sylvia. There are 1163 members on the facebook list, if we all email or call a relative in the west we can get them the help they need… if you can’t walk, maybe you can drive someone there that can… they have recently turned off Hwy 508 onto Cinebar Rd not far from Ike Kinswa State Park in Washington. They walk the equivalent of a marathon everyday! I want to call Josephine and tell her that help is on the way… spread the word, make the phonecalls. Miigwech.

Josephine had a frantic week prior to hitting the road… the OPSEU convention in Toronto, jet lag, and exams and papers due for univeristy… two of which she finished in Olympia, Washington and emailed in… It’s my guess she might be a little pooped… and she would never complain about it… but she telephoned me this morning, something we were going to reserve for emergencies…. she will walk through her tiredness for the water… can we make some phone calls to people in the west that might be near where they currently are ( click on line under map that read “Click here to see where they are right now” via GPS tracking).

I will probably beg for help for the walkers that carry the water, many times through this walk… but this will probably be the hardest part of the walk, because the word isn’t out yet…

Please email me if you or someone you know is heading to Cinebar Road to walk with the women. I want to make that phone call back to the walkers with the good news.

Josephine Mandamin, Shelley Essaunce, Sylvia Plain and the Water, need to know that help is on the way.

Joanne Robertson, Migizi Clan
Coordinator, Central Communications Post, Water Walk 2011
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Sault Ste. Marie, ON  Facebook: Water Walk 2011

ni guh Izhi chigay nibi onji
I will do it for the water.
Lo voy a hacer por el agua.
Je le ferai pour l”eau.

EG4W + Ontario Canadian Federation of Students locals + World Water Day, Canada Water Week

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011


Boozhoo Ontario CFS Locals,

I was fortunate enough to speak to at the Spirit of the North conference to the Northern Ontario universities. We discussed plans for World Water Day (March 22/11) and Canada Water Week (March 14-22/11).  There was support for holding ‘Glass Action’ days on campuses.

I am attaching a poster, and will make some suggestions here if you choose to hold a ‘glass action’ day on your campus.  EG4W World Water Day 2011 POSTER PDF

It can be a one day event on World Water day, March 22/11 (register your event @

or the inaugural Canada Water Week event from March 14-22/11 (… or any day of your choosing!

Here are a list of suggestions, and links that you may find useful in planning your ‘glass action’:

-        stream “Glass Action’ film

-        stream “No Running Water” by the Winnipeg Free Press

-        show a feature length film, inviting the greater community to attend (i.e. Waterlife, Water on the Table)

-        encourage people to bring empty glasses for water… if you have it in your budgets, you could mail in glasses for your students, or ask your MP drop them off to the Prime Minister… you could also have empty glasses on hand for people… start a water glass drive now… insert the postcards into each glass, so people can just quickly fill it out, then drop it into a box for shipping. EG4W CFS letters to PM (4 per page) PDF

-        post the glasses you mail in on the EG4W website (glass counter:

-        invite the Chief or an Elder from a neighbouring community to speak at your event,  find out what their water situation is… perhaps you will be doing a water ceremony that day, ‘Greet Pray Semaa’, please send us this information so we can place a virtual semaa/tobacco leaf on our website (ceremony tracker:

-        promote the Mother Earth ‘Turtle Island’ Water Walk at your event. ( This year the Grandmothers and youth are walking and carrying water from all 3 oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico, and meeting in Bad River, Wisconsin where the waters will converge on JUNE 12th. I am helping coordinate this event. Water Walk 2011 Brochure PDF

-        PETITION: Manitoba Chiefs, “Water is a Human Right”

-        PETITION: Grassy Narrows background

-        Health Canada Drinking Water and Wastewater Info

-        Learn about Bill S-S11 NO to opening the door to privatization! Read this submission by the Council of Canadians to the Senate Committee Bill-S11 PDF

Miigwech for your support and your efforts.

Please forward questions, comments, poster designs to .

Miigwech, thank you,

Joanne Robertson

Founder, Empty Glass for Water campaign

Mother Earth “Turtle Island” Water Walk 2011 – Brochure & Banking Info

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Boozhoo Mother Earth Water Walkers and friends,

Here is the brochure that I finally got made with the assistance of Dawnis Kennedy… miigwech Dawnis! Please share far and wide.

Water Walk 2011 brochure

We have also opened a *new* bank acct. The information is also on the brochure.

Email Money Transfers (Can & U.S.) – email to

Cheques may be made out to: Mother Earth Water Walk
and mailed to:
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig
Attn: Joanne Robertson, WW Coordinator
1550 Queen Street E
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
P6A 2G3

Direct Deposit: Northern Credit Union, 14492 828 0161405641

A good fundraising idea brought to us from the Madeleine Huntjens, lead walker from the West is…
“I Support the Mother Earth Water Walkers One Step at a Time” PENNY DRIVE!!
On our last day at ceremonies we collected 36,897 pennies, so the walkers can walk 36,897 footsteps!
The walkers will be walking over 10,400,000 steps this spring… can we collect that many pennies to support them?


Joanne Robertson
Coordinator, Central Communications Post, Water Walk 2011
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Sault Ste. Marie, ON  Facebook: Water Walk 2011
“Ni guh Izhi chigay  Nibi onji” – “I will do it for the water”.

Water Walk 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

NORTH SCHEDULE, subject to change (Updated January 31, 2011)

May 21         Churchill, Manitoba send off. (train departs 7:30pm)

May 23         Winnipeg, Manitoba (trains arrives 4:45pm)

May 24         Richer, Manitoba

May 25         Hadashville, Manitoba

May 26         Falcon Lake,

May 27         Royal Lake

May 28         Kenora, Ontario

May 29         Sioux Narrows

May 30         Nestor Falls

June 1          Manitou Rapids, International Falls

June 7          Duluth, Minnesota

June 10        Bad River, Wisconsin

20 overnights

More information:

Facebook: Water Walk 2011

or email me @

WATER WALK 2011, Walkers from the NORTH Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

May 25       Churchill, Manitoba send off.
May 28       Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 1         Emerson, Manitoba
June 3         Grand Forks, Minnesota
June 4         Crookston, Minnesota
June 6         Bemidji, Minnesota
June 8         Grand Rapids, Minnesota
June 10       Duluth, Minnesota
June 13       Bad River, Wisconsin

For more information please go to

Facebook group: Water Walk 2011

Ni guh Izhi chigay  Nibi onji   –   I will do it for the water.

Turtle Island Water Walk 2011

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Received this information from Nokomis Josephine Mandamin, Mother Earth Water Walker this morning. More information will come… stay tuned. :)

From:            Josephine Mandamin

Date: September 19, 2010

Subject: Water walk 2011 – Turtle Island

Nibi Onji, nibi onjih….that’s what it’s all about.  Raising a collective consciousness to the general population will be the challenge. Youth will be called upon to take on this challenge. While carrying the pail of ocean water, great sacrifices will be made by Walkers.  That information of the walk will be shared along the way as: ‘Walking the Talk’, to as many people as can be reached.

The Spirit of the Water must be forever in the minds of the Walkers because the challenge will be great and cautious about not being overwhelmed by the task. Guides/Leaders will be called upon to form a Waterwalk Family with the Walkers.   Media/Communications people will also have to be identified for each group. Sponsorship identifications will have to be the responsibility of each group. Funding will have to be the groups’ responsibility.

Equipment such as cell phones, camera, radio phones, blackberry(s), and vehicles will have to be rented for the period of two months or so.  The timing has to be closely synchronized so as to complete the Waterwalk at the same time at the destination.

The importance of information we want to convey is paramount. This information about pending global awakening and peace to the living and to the future is the message. We cannot dwell on the negative. We must, at all times, speak of hope and bring about the message of caring for our environment.  The water songs have to be sung continually and tobacco offered at each water siting.

We have heard many ideas so far. These ideas can be developed in a proposal in the community who is identified as the Main Carriers of the Water.  A map has gone out to all contacts and a message also about a central contact list has been asked for by Rainey Gaywish.

It is hoped that the Waterwalk will begin at Easter Break 2011. Someone will chart out the miles and gauge the time it will take to complete the Walk.

More later…Me i ewe, nin beedawsigay

“Ni guh Izhi chigay  Nibi onji” -  Keep saying this! Meaning: “I will do it for the water”.