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Indigenous Art and Artists

Indigenous Storywork: Importance

The importance of Storytelling....Check out:

Residential School Experience

The Outside Circle

Pete, a young Aboriginal gang member, is sent to jail for killing his mother's boyfriend during a fight. While there, he realizes that he has become a negative influence on his younger brother and decides to turn his life around with the help of traditional Aboriginal healing circles and ceremonies.

This Place: 150 Years Retold

Also available in print - call number PN 6732 T45 2019. Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

Red: A Haida Manga

Red is the prideful leader of a small village in the islands of the Northwest coast of British Columbia. His sister was abducted years ago by a band of raiders. When news comes that his sister has been spotted in a nearby village, Red sets out to rescue her and exact revenge on her captors.

Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne story

Helen Betty Osborne, known as Betty to her closest friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She left her home to attend residential school and high school in a small town in Manitoba. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today. Also available as an ebook.

Sugar Falls: A residential school story

A school assignment to interview a residential-school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, his friend's grandmother, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school. There she was forced to endure abuse and indignity, but Betsy recalled the words her father spoke to her at Sugar Falls--words that gave her the resilience, strength, and determination to survive. Also available in print - call number E 96.5 R63 2011.

The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book

Stories of Indigenous resistance to the European colonization of the Americas, from the Spanish invasion under Christopher Columbus to the present.

Secret Path

Chanie Wenjack, misnamed Charlie by his teachers, was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966. He was trying to walk home, along the railroad tracks, trying to escape the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School. Chanie's home was 400 miles away. He didn't know that. He didn't know where it was, nor how to find it......

Will I See?

May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that have passed. But will that strength be able to save her? A story of tragedy and beauty, Will I See illuminates the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Scalped (5 volumes)

Fifteen years ago, Dashiell "Dash" Bad Horse ran away from a life of abject poverty and utter hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation searching for something better. Now he's come back home armed with nothing but a set of nunchucks, a hell-bent-for-leather attitude and one dark secret, to find nothing much has changed on "The Rez" - short of a glimmering new casino, and a once-proud people overcome by drugs and organized crime....

Pemmican Wars: A girl called Echo (vol. 1)

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. Then an ordinary day in Mr. Bee's history class turns extraordinary, and Echo's life will never be the same. During Mr. Bee's lecture, Echo finds herself transported to another time and place--a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie--and back again to the present.....

Paying the Land

In Paying the Land, Joe Sacco travels the frozen North to reveal a people in conflict over the costs and benefits of development......Against a vast and gorgeous landscape that dwarfs all human scale,Paying the Land lends an ear to trappers and chiefs, activists and priests, to tell a sweeping story about money, dependency, loss, and culture--recounted in stunning visual detail by one of the greatest cartoonists alive.

If I Go Missing

Combining graphic fiction and non-fiction, this young adult graphic novel serves as a window into one of the unique dangers of being an Indigenous teen in Canada today. The text of the book is derived from excerpts of a letter written to the Winnipeg Chief of Police by fourteen-year-old Brianna Jonnie -- a letter that went viral and was also the basis of a documentary film. In her letter, Jonnie calls out the authorities for neglecting to immediately investigate missing Indigenous people and urges them to "not treat me as the Indigenous person I am proud to be," if she were to be reported missing.....

The Peacemaker: Thanadelthur

This is the story of Thanadelthur, Chipewyan (Denesuline) woman, who negotiated peace between the Cree and the Dene and interpreter for the governor of Fort York.

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