Sharon M. Day, Ojibwe is enrolled in the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. She is one of the founder’s of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force. IPTF has strived to ground its’ services in the culture of American Indian people. She is an artist, musician, and writer.
Ms. Day has received numerous awards, including the Resourceful Woman Award, the Gisela Knopka Award, BIHA’s Women of Color Award, The National Native American AIDS Prevention Resource Center’s Red Ribbon Award, and the Alston Bannerman Sabbatical Award. The Governor of the State of Minnesota, and the mayors of both St. Paul and Minneapolis named November 10, 1998 Sharon M. Day, day.
In 1998, the M’dewin were called to help the Mendota Dakota people save a spring that is sacred to the Dakota. The road was built 200 feet from the spring but the spring still flows. In 2003, when Grandmother Josephine Mandamin walked Lake Superior, Sharon walked two days on the eastern shore near Lake Superior Provincial Park in Ontario. Since then, she has led 19 Water Walks. The water walkers carry the water from the headwaters to the mouth of the river or lake to pray for the water. “Every step is a prayer to the water spirits.”
This ceremony is a way for people to show appreciation for the water. We gather a bit of the river water and make an offering of asemaa for the water. Each person speaks for their asemaa and we sing the asemaa song. We pass the water to each person and sing the water song, then we return the water to the river. Women are Kindly asked to follow Ojibwe protocols of wearing skirts.