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Frozen River (nîkwatin sîpiy)

Frozen River (nîkwatin sîpiy)

By Michaela Washburn, Joelle Peters, and Carrie Costello
Subjects: Ontario Playwrights, Northern Ontario Playwrights, Prairie Playwrights, Manitoba, Environmental Issues, Theatre for Young Audiences, By Age — 8–10, Indigenous Playwrights, First Nations
Casting: 3 f
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369104892, 88 pages, March 2024
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369104908, 88 pages, March 2024
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369104915, 88 pages, March 2024


  • Winner, Sharon Enkin Plays for Young People Award 2021


Exploring reconciliation and connection through a story that spans seven generations, Frozen River (nîkwatin sîpiy) tells the story of two eleven-year-olds through the eyes of Grandmother Moon. Eilidh and Wâpam are born under the same blood moon, but Eilidh was born in Scotland and Wâpam in Kihci-Manito kâ ayapit, now known as Manitoba. After sailing across the ocean in hopes of a more prosperous life, Eilidh meets Wâpam deep in the forest, and the two become instant friends. Coming from vastly different worlds, Eilidh and Wâpam decide to teach each other about their ways of life. But when a sacred promise between them is broken, the relationship among cultures becomes jeopardized for generations to come.

Frozen River (nîkwatin sîpiy) shows audiences that an openness to learn from those who have protected and honoured the waterways for centuries can lead to healing and reconciliation.


"The show’s script cleverly makes important issues digestible for young audiences."

- Van City Vince