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Tot Tours at AWE

Time and Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2023, 10am-11am

Location: 3rd floor, Art Windsor-Essex

Age: This program is open to families with young children

This program is free with gallery admission. No registration required.


Join AWE Educators for an interactive guided Tot Tour of Water Protectors. Together, we’ll read We Are Water Protectors, written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade. Following the tour, discover sensory water bottles and make-and-take a water-inspired craft.

This morning program is a great opportunity for parents and caretakers to enjoy the company of other parents while exploring art with their little ones. Our goal is to create a welcoming program that encourages well-being, community awareness, and creative expression.

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Accessibility and Accommodations:

  • For any accessibility requirements, please contact Sophie Hinch, at
  • The space is wheel-chair and stroller-friendly.
  • There is an elevator on-site.
  • In need of some peace and quiet? Enjoy the galleries at your own pace and in the ways that best fit you and your family’s needs. Head to our Education Studio, our interactive learning space for all ages, for a moment of rest.
  • Breastfeeding is welcome throughout the Gallery.

About the Book: We Are Water Protectors

We Are Water Protectors is lyrically written by Carole Lindstrom, Anishinaabe/Metis and proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe Indians, and beautifully illustrated by Michaela Goade, of Tlingit descent who is tribally enrolled with the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

We Are Water Protectors, is inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America and this book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all. When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

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About the Exhibition: Water Protectors

This exhibition brings together artists whose works explore the importance of water from Indigenous perspectives.  Through their works, these artists explore how water is a sacred, living entity in need of care and protection. They communicate individual and collective relationships to water, highlighting how water flows deep into Indigenous memory, knowledge, and identity.

In bringing these works together, this exhibition calls attention to the need to care for the earth’s most sacred resource. This exhibition pays special tribute to those who take up that important work and honours all Water Protectors across Turtle Island.

Curated by Danielle Printup & Julie Rae Tucker.