Frozen River (nîkwatin sîpiy)

Co-written by Michaela Washburn, Joelle Peters and Carrie Costello
Directed by Katie German  
An MTYP Production
Originally directed by Ann Hodges and Tracey Nepinak

On the Ada Slaight Stage Apr. 17 – 28, 2023
Recommended for Ages 5 – 12 | SK-Grade 6
Run time: approx. 60 minutes



“(Frozen River) explores ideas of reconciliation and connection via a story that spans centuries.”

– Winnipeg Free Press

From Winnipeg’s MTYP comes a timely new play. In nîkwatin sîpiy, Grandmother Moon tells the story of two eleven-year-olds, born under the same blood moon, but in different parts of the world. Frozen River follows their stories as they meet in a forest, and that of their descendants who meet in present day Manitoba. A broken promise from the past can be righted when there is finally an openness to learn from those who have protected and honoured the waterways for centuries.

Frozen River - Herbie Barnes quote

Frozen River creative team- June 2022

Teacher Resources

  • For information on Play Companion Workshops, click here.
  • Study Guide coming soon.

Program & Study Guide

Drama Workshop

Curriculum Connections

The Arts – Drama
Social Studies – Heritage and Identity

Ancestral Teachings




Connecting the past and present

Working towards justice together

Keeping promises