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Winn nipi by Jo MacDonald

“Nipi” is from the Cree word for water, and water is life. Winnipeg is a city with a strong connection to water through her rivers What does that mean to those who live here, now and in the past?


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The Artists

Jo MacDonald, Playwright
Jo (she/her) is Anishinaabe, an aspiring super villain, mom, playwright, budding beader, awesome scrunchie maker, short film creator, and a member of Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Emerging Playwrights Unit. Her play Neechie-itas won the Native American New Play contest and was produced in Oklahoma, by Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company. In 2020, she and Darla Contois were hired by Sarasvàti Productions to compile the stories of over 70 Indigenous youth into a play, Songide’ewin. Other works include Mother’s Little Secret (Winnipeg Fringe) and OUR HOME & native land (FemFest Bake Off winner). 

Katie German, Director
Katie is a Métis performer, director, and educator. She graduated from Grant MacEwan University for theatre performance and is currently working as the director of Junior Musical Theatre Company (JMTC), artistic associate with Manitoba Theatre for Young People, a Creator with the Pimootayowin Creators Circle (RMTC) and a mother to a 1 month old and a creative 5 year old that shares her love of storytelling. Recent directing and assistant directing credits include: Embodying Power and Place Workshop (Nightwood Theatre & Harlem Productions), CAN Premier of Tuck Everlasting (JMTC), Wolf Joe (Media Rendezvous), Elizabeth Rex (Bunbury Productions), Tiny Treasures, Charlie Brown Double Bill (Manitoba Theatre for Young People).

Rosanna Deerchild, Performer
Rosanna Deerchild (She/Her) is Cree, from the community of O-Pipon-Na-Piwan Cree Nation. She has been a storyteller for more than 20 years; as a journalist, broadcaster and a poet. Most recently, as the host of CBC Radio One's Unreserved. Currently, she is helping to create a podcast called This Place, which will focus on Indigenous history in Canada. Her debut poetry collection 'this is a small northern town' shared her reflections of growing up in a racially divided place. It won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her second book, 'calling down the sky,' is a collaborative work with her mother who was forced to attend Indian Residential School. She is currently at work on her first play and another collection of poetry. 

Carmen Smith, Cree Consultant