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Young Adult Nonfiction Aboriginal & Indigenous

I Will See You Again

by (artist) Lisa Boivin

Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2020
Aboriginal & Indigenous, Cultural Heritage, Siblings, Inspirational & Personal Growth, Death & Dying
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
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    Publish Date
    Feb 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12


When the author learns of the death of her brother overseas, she embarks on a journey to bring him home. Through memories and dreams of all they shared together and through her Dene traditions, she finds comfort and strength.

The lyrical art and story leave readers with a universal message of hope and love.

About the author

Lisa Boivin is a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation and the author/artist of two illustrated books, We Dream Medicine Dreams (shortlisted for the 2022 Rocky Mountain Book Award) and I Will See You Again (AICL's Best Books of 2020, nominated for First Nation Communities READ Award). She is an interdisciplinary artist and a PhD candidate at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Lisa uses images as a pedagogical tool to bridge gaps between medical ethics and aspects of Indigenous cultures and worldviews. She is writing and collaging an arts-based thesis that addresses the colonial barriers that Indigenous patients navigate in the current healthcare system. Lisa strives to humanize clinical medicine as she situates her art in the Indigenous continuum of passing knowledge through images. @redbioethics

Lisa Boivin's profile page


  • Short-listed, Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher
  • Short-listed, Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picturebook of the Year Award
  • Short-listed, Indigenous Voices Award, Published Graphic Novels, Comics, and Illustrated Books in any Language
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards, Young Adult/Middle Reader category
  • Short-listed, Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards, Illustration

Editorial Reviews

Lisa Boivin has given us a comfort for anyone grieving. I Will See You Again is woven with such thoughtfulness and sincerity that I am moved to remember that with grief, there can be honouring. With sorrow, there can be celebration for a life so cherished. This book is all love, and it’s a reminder that we will see those we love and miss once again and, until then, we can proudly carry their hopes, dreams and stories along with our own.

Richard Van Camp, award-winning author

While this farewell journey is personal and specific, it holds universal wisdom for those coming to terms with loss. Attractive and compact, this memorable book guides mourners to a place of acceptance and serenity.

Quill & Quire

Boivin, a member of Canada’s Deninu Kue First Nation, offers a fresh understanding of death and grief, which she portrays not as a breach in the natural order of things, but as an integral part of them:You have left us, but you are also here now.

Publishers Weekly

This is a beautiful and much needed practical resource.  Using clear language and powerful, engaging, and beautiful illustrations we are shown a healing pathway through the grief and loss of a loved family member.

Dr. Janet Smylie, University of Toronto

Lisa Boivin’s I Will See You Again thoughtfully and carefully carries readers through her oldest brother’s death overseas…. This is an illustrated children’s book, a visual letter-poem, rooted in family, love, and healing through the author’s Dene traditions. Boivin’s artwork transcends the narrative with colour, shapes, and patterns…and reaches out from the page and takes root in your body, mind, and spirit.

Muskrat Magazine

Lisa Boivin’s art and words sings to me of wonder, love, movement, spirit and heart.  Impossibly tender and beautiful.  I find myself getting lost in its color, text and beauty. You will love this book.

Si’Yam Lee Maracle, award-winning author, poet, performance storyteller, and scriptwriter

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