Josephine Mandamin, Sacred Water Walker receiving prestigious award

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20150819_042205Nokomis (Grandmother) Josephine Mandamin is receiving well deserved recognition for her tireless and inspirational work in water conservation.

Josephine has been chosen as a recipient for the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards. The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards, administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust, are prestigious awards that recognize exceptional contributions to heritage conservation, environmental sustainability and biodiversity, and cultural and natural heritage.

These awards are presented annually at a ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto, and are given for Youth Achievement, Lifetime Achievement, Community Leadership and Excellence in Conservation. Thunder Bay’s Josephine Mandamin will receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation on Friday, Feb.26th,2016 at Queen’s Park.

Saultonline :reported about the Sacred Water Walk 2015

20150819_051246A ‘touchdown’ in Sault Ste. Marie in late August, 2015 was generously supported by Domenic Ruscio when he donated several rooms for two nights at The Day’s Inn & Suites on Bay St., Sault Ste. Marie, for all of the sacred water walkers. A feast was held at The Roberta Bondar Pavilion.

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Saultonline joined the walkers as they crossed the International Bridge in the wee hours of a rainy morning, guided and supported by the International Bridge Authority, who had lit up all of the signs entering Michigan, with the words ‘Welcome Sacred Water Walkers’. It was an emotional scene indeed.

‘Josephine Mandamin for Water Walks (Thunder Bay) Since 2003, First Nations women and men from across Ontario have come together to raise awareness about water conservation through the Water Walks program. In addition to the walks, symposiums and conferences take place on First Nations territories and in communities across the province to establish a support network for Water Walk initiatives. Ms.

Mandamin is one of the two founding Grandmothers who started Water Walks. She has performed these walks throughout Canada, Central America and the United States, and is one of three official Commissioners of the Anishinabek Women’s Water Commission who work to improve dialogue, communication and relations between the Anishinabek Nation (comprised of 39 First Nation communities), the Government of Canada, and interested businesses, organizations and individuals. Ms. Mandamin has brought together over 100 First Nation communities to sign the First Nations Great Lakes Water Accord and is a mentor for First Nations citizens and youth. Ms. Mandamin has walked more than 17,000 kilometers in the past five years.’ heritagetrust.on.ca
Congratulations Nokomis Josephine. You continue to inspire.

For a complete background on the Ontario Heritage Trust Awards visit:
http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca 

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Lynne Brown
Algoma writer and reporter. Has written for special editions Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal. In the 80’s, Lynne worked for AutoTrader Magazine in rural Southwestern Ont. Trudging through farmers’ fields for a picture of a 56 Dodge Custom Royale was considered a very good day. Special interests include issues relating to rural life, seniors, travel, history, community development and indigenous peoples. email to lynne@superiormedia.ca Twitter: @dlynnebrown.