Toqaq Mecimi Puwiht / Delphine rêve toujours


In co-production with Théâtre de la Vieille 17

For the very first time, Ondinnok is in association with Théâtre de la Vieille 17, a French speaking theatre production company based in Ottawa. Its mission is to give a voice to creators driven by social and human concerns like Dave Jenniss, our artistic director, who wrote the text.

Created for young people

Toqaq Mecimi Puwiht / Delphine rêve toujours has been specially designed for children aged 4 to 9, from first to third grade. The performance lasts approximately 50 minutes.

Upcoming shows

Discover the moving story of Delphine on May 7 and May 8, 2022 at La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins in Ottawa. Get your tickets now!


Without the beating of the drum, the words will not come.

Delphine is a young Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) girl, full of dreams and determination. Ever since her father lost the drum of his late muhsums, Delphine has been determined to find it at all costs. One autumn day, as the wind picks up, Delphine is transported into the world of the forest spirits. There she meets the mischievous porcupine, the opera-singing owl, and the Kiwahq, a monster with a heart of ice! Will she overcome her obstacles and find the drum?

In his play Toqaq Mecimi Puwiht / Delphine rêve toujours, Wolastoqiyik author Dave Jenniss tackles the themes of transmission and identity as he reappropriates the language of his ancestors and makes it resonate. This bilingual show, in French and Wolastoqey is performed by indigenous and non-indigenous actors.

Ondinnok and Vieille 17 are honoured to be able to work creatively in Tio’Ta:ke and Odawa, magnificent territories where the Kanien’kehà:ka and the Algonquin Anishnabe have walked, dreamed and lived for thousands of years. Miigwetch! Nià:wen! Merci! Thank you!

Synopsis in wolastoqey

Skat tolihtesinuhk pokuhulakon, kolusuwakonol oc mate peciyewiyil

Delphine not ewasisuwit Wolastoqey pilsqehsis, psonopu puwyakonol naka sakolitahasuwakon.
Tuciw mihtaqsol keskalat pokuhulakonol tepelomatpon muhsumsol, Delphine ‘kisitahatomonehpon weci pskuwat tan ote etutawotik. Neqt toqaq spotew, macelamson, Delphine lipha skitkomiq eyultitit kcihqeyak cocahqok. Nit etolassiqat piskakomat matuwehsol, nucintaq tihtokol, naka Kiwahq, ‘cel moshunol onsa pqom! ‘Kisi oc nit pomkomon naka moskuwan pokuhulakonol?

Yut layyewakon Toqaq Mecimi Puwiht / Delphine mecimi puwihte, Wolastoqey nutuwikhiket Tapot Jenniss ‘tuwehkanol pcitahkakon naka eli nonasik qenowehket latuwewakon ‘cey ‘kansuhs naka ‘kisehtun pokotahqewiye. Yut nisonul latuwewakonol essakihtasik, Polecomoney naka Wolastoqey sakiyak Skicinuwok naka skat-Skicinuwok nutsakiyut.

Ondinnok naka Vieille 17 palitahatomoniya eli amalhi-kislukhotitit nit Tio’Ta:ke naka Atawa, wisoki-wolinaqok ktahkomiq Kanien’keha:ka naka Algonquin

Anishnabe etoli kisuhsahtitit, puwihtahtitit naka wikultitit kehsamqahk likotonol.



A co-production from Théâtre de la Vieille 17 and Ondinnok

Playwright | Dave Jenniss
Staging | Milena Buziak
Actors | Jemmy Echaquan Dubé, Marie-Hélène Massy Emond, Emily Marie Séguin
Set and Lighting Designer | Emilio Sebastiao
Sound Environment | Marie-Hélène Massy Emond
Musical Composition and Interpretation | Marie-Hélène Massy Emond, Emily Marie Séguin
Costume Designer | Samantha McCue
Stage Manager | Alexie Madore Charron
Production Manager | Cynthia Shaw
Artistic Director | Geneviève Pineault, Dave Jenniss
Graphic Design| Catherine Boivin
Communications | Cécile Diaz


Ondinnok would like to thank le Conseil des arts du Canada, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, le Conseil des arts de Montréal, la Fondation Cole, le Ministère de la Culture et des Communications as well as le Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale for their support.