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ONWA Celebrates Canada Post’s Stamp Dedication to Grandmother Water Walker Josephine Mandamin

Thunder Bay, ON – Today, on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is proud to share the Canada Post unveiling of a commemorative stamp in honour of the remarkable life and enduring legacy of Josephine Mandamin.

Josephine Mandamin, fondly remembered as Grandmother Water Walker, dedicated her life to protecting the waters and advocating for Indigenous rights and environmental conservation. She walked thousands of kilometers around the Great Lakes, raising awareness about the importance of clean water and Indigenous women’s responsibilities as water carriers, and inspired countless Indigenous women, youth and peoples across Canada and around the world.

Along side Canada Post, ONWA had the honour to celebrate the profound impact Josephine has had on Indigenous communities, Mother Earth and the broader Canadian society.

Josephine worked with ONWA in various capacities throughout the years. She served on ONWA’s Board of Directors and Grandmothers Council between 1996-2001, and was Executive Director of ONWA from 2002 until 2006.

“This commemorative stamp is a testament to Josephine Mandamin’s tireless commitment to protecting Mother Earth. With each step she took leading water walks she educated generations on the sacred value of water in our lives raising awareness with her environmental grassroots stewardship.” – Cora McGuire-Cyrette, CEO, ONWA

Josephine Mandamin passed away on February 22, 2019, leaving behind a legacy of environmental activism and a profound impact on the global water protection movement. Her dedication and passion continue to inspire others to take action to reclaim our relationship with Mother Earth.

Participants at today’s event shared memories and reflections on the remarkable life of our dear friend, sister, and Grandmother Josephine Mandamin.


For more information and media inquiries, contact: 

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)


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