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This Place

150 Years Retold

by Richard Van Camp; Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley; Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm; Chelsea Vowel; Sonny Assu; Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair; Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley; Jen Storm; David A. Robertson; Brandon Mitchell; Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Ryan Howe; GMB Chomichuk; Andrew Lodwick; Donovan Yaciuk; Scott B. Henderson; Kyle Charles; Natasha Donovan; Scott A. Ford & Tara Audibert, foreword by Alicia Elliott

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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.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
 

About the Authors
Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. A graduate of the En'owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria's BFA in Creative Writing program and the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Richard is the author of over twenty books in just about every genre, including Little You and Welcome Song for Baby. His novel The Lesser Blessed is now a movie with First Generation Films.
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Born in an Arctic wilderness camp and of Inuit ancestry, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley is a scholar specializing in world religions and cultures. Her numerous articles and books concerning Inuit magic and lore have earned her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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Born in an Arctic wilderness camp and of Inuit ancestry, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley is a scholar specializing in world religions and cultures. Her numerous articles and books concerning Inuit magic and lore have earned her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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GMB Chomichuk is an award-winning writer, illustrator and public speaker. His work has appeared in film, television, books, comics and graphic novels. Sometimes he writes and/or illustrates occult suspense stories like The Imagination Manifesto, Midnight City and Underworld, science fiction works like Raygun Gothic and Infinitum, or inspirational all-ages adventure stories like Cassie and Tonk. He wants you to join the fight and make comics. Watch his creative process in the Kelly-Anne Riess documentary Artists By Night.
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GMB Chomichuk is an award-winning writer, illustrator and public speaker. His work has appeared in film, television, books, comics and graphic novels. Sometimes he writes and/or illustrates occult suspense stories like The Imagination Manifesto, Midnight City and Underworld, science fiction works like Raygun Gothic and Infinitum, or inspirational all-ages adventure stories like Cassie and Tonk. He wants you to join the fight and make comics. Watch his creative process in the Kelly-Anne Riess documentary Artists By Night.
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GMB Chomichuk is an award-winning writer, illustrator and public speaker. His work has appeared in film, television, books, comics and graphic novels. Sometimes he writes and/or illustrates occult suspense stories like The Imagination Manifesto, Midnight City and Underworld, science fiction works like Raygun Gothic and Infinitum, or inspirational all-ages adventure stories like Cassie and Tonk. He wants you to join the fight and make comics. Watch his creative process in the Kelly-Anne Riess documentary Artists By Night.
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Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is a writer, poet, spoken-word performer, librettist, and activist from the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. She is the founder and Managing Editor of Kegedonce Press which was established in 1993 to publish the work of Indigenous creators. Kateri has written two books of poetry, was a contributor to the graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold, was editor of the award-winning Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing, and has also released two poetry and music CDs. Kateri's work has been published internationally, and she has performed and spoken around the world. 
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Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, currently residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Cohost of Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space and author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, Chelsea blogs at apihtawikosisan.com and makes legendary bannock.
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Sonny Assu is an interdisciplinary artist whose diverse practice is informed by a deep connection to Kwakwaka’wakw art and culture and melded with
western/pop principles of art making. His work has been accepted into the National Gallery of Canada, Seattle Art Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery and into various public and private collections across Canada, the US, and the UK. He currently resides in unceded Ligwilda’xw territory (Campbell River, BC).
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Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair's, PhD., is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers such as The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (HighWater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013) He is also the editorial director of The Debwe Series, published by HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press).
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Scott Henderson has worked as an illustrator for comics, portraiture, and advertising art. He is author/ illustrator of the sci-fi/fantasy comic, The Chronicles of Era and illustrated two comics for the Canadian Air Force's For Valour series, the bestselling graphic novel series 7 Generations, selected titles from the Tales From Big Spirit series, and, most recently, the graphic novel, Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story. Scott is a graduate of the University of Manitoba's School of Art.
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Kyle Charles is a First Nations writer/illustrator and has drawn for series like Roche Limit: Clandestiny and Her Infernal Descent. He has also written and illustrated short stories for publishers like Heavy Metal and OnSpec Magazine.
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Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) is a self-taught illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a degree in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia. Before starting out as a freelance artist, she worked in publishing at the University of Victoria. Her sequential work has been published in the Other Side Anthology. Natasha is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.
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Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) is a self-taught illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a degree in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia. Before starting out as a freelance artist, she worked in publishing at the University of Victoria. Her sequential work has been published in the Other Side Anthology. Natasha is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.
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Of Scottish-Mohawk ancestry, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley is a folklorist and fantasist, specializing in mythology, magic, and Inuit lore. He has won an award for writing short science fiction (?Green Angel?), but his focus is on fiction and non-fiction for a young audience.
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Of Scottish-Mohawk ancestry, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley is a folklorist and fantasist, specializing in mythology, magic, and Inuit lore. He has won an award for writing short science fiction (?Green Angel?), but his focus is on fiction and non-fiction for a young audience.
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Jennifer Storm is an Ojibway writer from the Couchiching First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jennifer completed Deadly Loyalties, her first novel, at age 14. In 2006, Jennifer received the Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award as well as the Helen Betty Osborne Award.
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DAVID A. ROBERTSON (he/him/his) is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (winner Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award), Betty, The Helen Betty Osborne Story (listed In The Margins), and the YA novel Strangers (winner of The Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction). David educates as well as entertains through his writings about Indigenous Peoples in Canada, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.
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From Listuguj, Quebec, Brandon Mitchell is the founder of Birch Bark Comics and creator of the Sacred Circles comic series, which
draws on his Mi’kmaq heritage. He has also written five books with the Healthy Aboriginal Network, (Lost Innocence, Drawing Hope,
River Run, Making it Right, and Emily’s Choice) and wrote and illustrated Jean-Paul’s Daring Adventure: Stories from Old Mobile for the
University of Alabama.
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Tara Audibert is a Wolatoqiyik artist, film maker, and illustrator with 20 years’ experience in animation, comics, and fine art. Tara aspires to combine traditional First Nations art and storytelling with contemporary design and digital mediums. She runs Moxy Fox Studio and her first independent animated film The Importance of Dreaming, was released in 2017. She is a founder of the Ni’gweg Collective and the app “NITAP: Legends of the First Nations”.
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KATHERENA VERMETTE is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company), won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her NFB short documentary, this river, won the Coup de Coeur at the Montreal First Peoples Festival and a Canadian Screen Award. Her first novel, The Break, is the winner of three Manitoba Book Awards and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and it was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC Canada Reads.

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Contributor Notes

KATERI AKIWENZIE-DAMM is a writer, poet, spoken-word performer, librettist, and activist from the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. She is the founder and Managing Editor of Kegedonce Press which was established in 1993 to publish the work of Indigenous creators. Kateri has written two books of poetry, was a contributor to the graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold, was editor of the award-winning Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing, and has also released two poetry and music CDs. Kateri’s work has been published internationally, and she has performed and spoken around the world.

SONNY ASSU is an interdisciplinary artist whose diverse practice is informed by a deep connection to Kwakwaka’wakw art and culture and melded with western/pop principles of art making. His work has been accepted into the National Gallery of Canada, Seattle Art Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery and into various public and private collections across Canada, the US, and the UK. He currently resides in unceded Ligwi?da’xw territory (Campbell River, BC).

From Listuguj, Quebec, BRANDON MITCHELL is the founder of Birch Bark Comics and creator of the Sacred Circles comic series, which draws on his Mi’kmaq heritage. He has also written five books with the Healthy Aboriginal Network, (Lost Innocence, Drawing Hope, River Run, Making it Right, and Emily’s Choice) and wrote and illustrated Jean-Paul’s Daring Adventure: Stories from Old Mobile for the University of Alabama.

Of Inuit-Cree ancestry, RACHEL QITSUALIK-TINSLEY was born in a tent on northernmost Baffin Island. She learned Inuit survival lore from her father, surviving residential school and attending university. In 2012, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for numerous cultural writings. Of Scottish-Mohawk ancestry, SEAN QITSUALIK-TINSLEY was born in southern Ontario, learning woodcraft and stories from his father. Training as an artist, then writer, Sean’s sci-fi work won 2nd place at the California-based Writers of the Future contest, published by Galaxy Press. Rachel and Sean have worked for decades as Arctic researchers and consultants. In writing together, they have published 10 successful books and many shorter works, celebrating the history and uniqueness of Arctic shamanism, cosmology, and cosmogony. Their novel, Skraelings: Clashes in the Old Arctic, was a Governor General Awards Finalist and First Prize Burt Award winner.

DAVID A. ROBERTSON is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (winner Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award), Betty, The Helen Betty Osborne Story (listed In The Margins), and the YA novel Strangers (winner of The Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction). David educates as well as entertains through his writings about Indigenous Peoples in Canada, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.

NIIGAANWEWIDAM JAMES SINCLAIR, PhD., is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba. He regularly speaks and writes about Indigenous issues for CTV, CBC, The Guardian, and APTN, as well as in The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama. Niigaan is co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories. He is also editorial director of The Debwe Series, published by HighWater Press.

JEN STORM is an Ojibway writer from the Couchiching First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jen completed Deadly Loyalties, her first novel, at age fourteen. Fire Starters was her first graphic novel. Jen was a 2017 recipient for the CBC Manitoba’s Future 40 Over 40. She can be found on Instagram @jenstorm_art where she shares her passion for creating art and updates on future projects.

RICHARD VAN CAMP is a proud member of the Tlicho Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He is the author of 22 books including The Lesser Blessed (also a feature film), the Eisner Award nominated graphic novel, A Blanket of Butterflies (with Scott B. Henderson), and Three Feathers (also a feature film). He is a contributor to the groundbreaking graphic novel anthology This Place: 150 Years Retold. Richard is also the author of four collections of short stories, including Night Moves, and five baby books, including the award-winning Little You (with Julie Flett).

KATHERENA VERMETTE is a Métis writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her National Film Board documentary, this river, won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Short, and her novel, The Break (House of Anansi), won the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

CHELSEA VOWEL is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, currently residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd and LLB, and is currently a graduate student and Cree language curriculum developer. Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, speaker, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Her collection of essays, Indigenous Writes, is a national bestseller (HighWater Press, 2016). Cohost with Molly Swain of Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, Chelsea blogs at apihtawikosisan.com and makes auntie-approved legendary bannock.

 

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
15 to 18
Grade:
9 to 12
Editorial Reviews

If you’re used to looking at Canadian history one way, a new graphic novel anthology will help you see it from new perspectives – Indigenous ones.

— Prairie Books Now

This is an incredible volume. The collection of stories, from a fantastic collection of writers and artists is a masterpiece. The weaving together of storytelling, art, history and opinion is just wonderful.

As an educator, I would gladly add this to my humanities courses. Perhaps we'd study the whole thing, perhaps we'd use it as a way to look at various aspects of Indigenous history in Canada. It's unflinching and honest in its look at the history of our nation.

In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, there is a thread of hope that runs through this collection. It reflects past, present and future.

— NetGalley

This Place: 150 Years Retold is part of a larger Canadian project called the New Chapter Initiative. The goal is to retell history through the eyes of Indigenous people. You know the saying; history is decided by those that won” Well, this is sort of a twist on that. This is history from the perspective of people who normally don’t have the opportunity to share their side of things.
This is an absolutely brilliant collection. It was eye opening and beautifully done. I’m ashamed to say that I had never considered a project like this before, but I am so happy that one exists. I hope to see more like this in the future.
I cannot state the important of this graphic novel enough. We all can afford to work on understanding other people’s perspectives, and this couldn’t be truer here. This collection really was enlightening.
Along with being important, the stories being told are rich and beautiful. Normally I’d use this time to point out my favorite story or two in a collection. But honestly” I don’t think I could pick a favorite here if I tried. They were all lovely, and as I said before, extremely important.
I hope that the New Chapter Initiative continues moving forward and coming out with collections like this. I also hope to see more people reading them that would be absolutely amazing.

— NetGalley

The artwork is simply stunning, spanning a wide variety of styles from a large number of artists. I’m impressed by the scope of the project - tackling such a long and varied history is an impressive feat. It’s a great history book to be sure, especially due to its unique storytelling format.

— NetGalley

"Thoughtful, inspiring, and moving...But first and foremost, it’s a collection of exciting, entertaining, beautifully drawn stories..."

— Foreword Reviews

"This Place" delivers spectacularly with its diverse collection of gorgeously illustrated stories. Although as an American my grasp of Canadian history is exactly as weak as one would expect, I still enthusiastically devoured the anthology. The stories of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas overall are still stories that one doesn't get to hear all too often, so I find any opportunity to hear and read this often-ignored perspective is a welcome one irregardless of any official borders. When it comes out, "This Place" will have a spot eagerly waiting for it in my library's graphic novel collection.

— NetGalley

...breathtaking comics anthology...this mix of powerful storytelling and memorable illustrations is a place to begin a dialogue with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

— The Globe and Mail

...gorgeous illustrations and colour accompany engaging stories writtenby a host of acclaimed Indigenous authors and illustrators

— The Teaching Librarian

An illuminating, self-assured graphic novel anthology in which every panel reads like a radical act.

— Kirkus Reviews

Wow!!

Each and every story was extremely beautiful. I loved the art, the colors (where it existed) and the dialogue.

I will definitely be adding this to my shelf upon release.

— NetGalley

— Publishers Weekly

Oh my god ya'll, I had better see this on absolutely everybody's TBR.

This is amazing, this is important, and this is wonderfully encapturing. From the many different art styles, I got to experience, to the rich story-telling from different authors, reading this was an experience I've never encountered before.

This book is so important, to have been written and to be read in turn. We are coming to see a lot more diversity in fiction, such as a lot more books written by authors of colour about main characters of colour, with many a supporting cast featuring POC, however the minority group I see the least would have to be indigenous people. This is extremely unfortunate, as genocide and colonialism have made generations of Indigenous peoples voices unheard, and we can still see the effects of this today, as we can with any other minority group in society, but especially Indigenous communities and their lack of content written about them. This book specifically delves into this, and as a result, most of the stories told are relatively sad but are telling the stories of important Indigenous figures which stories have been silenced by forced assimilation for so long.

I've decided to highlight some of my favourite stories that I read.

Red Clouds by Jen Storm. This story was tragic, beautifully told by some amazing and haunting artwork. As is unfortunately common in stories told about Indigenous people, the story revolves a woman who is tragically killed. However, I liked the question throughout the novel revolving around the difference between the Queen's laws and the laws the Indigenous people follow and govern by themselves, should white man's law be used to judge an act that happens within Indigenous land and jurisdiction” It was a concept I enjoyed thinking about extensively.

Peggy by David Robertson. This one made me cry like you wouldn't believe. This story explores Indigenous men being summoned to war despite not actually being allowed to have any decent human rights. It also centers around one of the greatest snipers during the war. Our main character is brave and inspirational, we get to see him influence his fellow soldiers in his ways when the beliefs and traditions of Indigenous people were being threatened by bigotry and fear. This story explores a man who risked his life to serve, and serve well, get rewarded and recognized with metals, and still struggles to be granted simple things as an Indigenous person.

Nimkii by Kateri Aikwenzie-Damm. This story is the saddest one by far, I bawled my eyes out reading this. This story follows a woman telling her daughter her story of being ripped from her loving mother at a young age and forced into a residential school, then to be circled around from home to home in the adoptive system. The numbers of Indigenous children in foster care compared to white children is shocking and was a bitter reality for a lot of children after surviving residential school. If you thought a residential school was the worst to happen to Indigenous people, this book may be a rude awakening.

— NetGalley

In all the hoopla about Canada's sesquicentennial, where were the indigenous peoples” Where was their celebration” Was there even a celebration, since as this book points out, in story after story, Canada has done everything in its power to make sure the native peoples are corralled, stripped of their tradition, their language, their land, every change they got.

Each contributor to this volume draws on stories of the Metis, Inuit, and First Nations, that happened in the last 150 years. And Chelsea Vowel, looks back on things that have happened, from the future, when the land has been restored.

This is an amazing book, packed with stories based on fact, of times that Metis, First Nations and Inuit have fought back. Of the residential schools, to the 60s scoop, to land and water rights protests.

Highly recommended to schools, libraries and individuals.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

— NetGalley

Among 14 books to read for Indigenous History Month
—CBC Books

— CBC

This is the power of storytelling. It's going deeper and truer than the history books and the newspaper accounts. It's bringing the stories to the people for the people and doing it for the right reasons: to teach and to illuminate. This Place: 150 Years Retold is the dawn to a new storytelling tradition that doesn't need to be held back. It should be shouted forward from now on.

— CanLit for LittleCanadians

This is the first time I've ever read a graphic novel that is a collection of stories rather than one single tale and it was certainly a rather interesting experience.This Place: 150 Years Retold is a collection of short stories in a graphic format which tell the tales of real people from the past of Canada whose stories have been told by people who do not even share their race or stories that simply may not have been told at all. Indigenous authors Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Chelsea Vowel, Katherena Vermette, Jen Storm, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, David Alexander Robertson, Richard Van Camp, and Brandon Mitchell have come together to provide the world with accounts of indigenous people who helped Canada become what it is today and, sometimes, of their own ancestors and the hardships that they all went through.  It is a collection that portrays history from eyes that, for once, do not belong to the conquerors who invaded and changed their world as we so often see in today's society.

Admittedly, history is not always my favorite subject to read about, but many of these stories were thoroughly engaging and interesting. I definitely feel that I prefer them, to an extent, in graphic format as it allowed me the opportunity to enmesh myself with the story in an entirely new way. The inclusion of various authors within one graphic novel was a little rough at times as the artistic style would consistently change from story to story and some were far better than others. This made the transition from story to story somewhat staggered rather than smooth and I think perhaps a reordering of which stories come after each other might benefit the book greatly.

As for the stories themselves, they were all well done and enjoyable to read. I'm certainly very glad that these authors had the opportunity to put these tales out into the world and I hope that they are read by many. Some, particularly the one about the war hero returned home to nothing, were truly poignant and devastating to read. Ultimately, I had a good time reading this graphic novel and would certainly recommend it.

— NetGalley

4 out of 5 stars
A graphic novel that presents 10 stories of the last 150 years of Canadian Indigenous history. Stories that you will not have been told in the history books in school. This Place is written by 11 Indigenous writers, 8 illustrators, and 2 artists. The stories begin in 1850 and progresses to the 20 century focusing on the struggles, the strength, supernatural beings and beliefs. Topics touch on strength of a Métis woman, injustice of the Potlatch laws, climate change, expropriation of land, and the trauma felt from the residential schools. 
The artwork changes from bright vivid images to, ruddy brown muted colours, and black and white images. Each colour and style depicts the mood of the stories such as the brown muted tones. Although, the theme and feeling expressed by the brown is evident it was not as appealing to the eye. 
Overall, this graphic novel will be eye opening to those that have heard only 1 side of Indigenous history. 
Worth taking the time to read.

— NetGalley

I don't know a huge amount about Canadian history or the struggles of Indigenous people. This graphic novel is an interesting and thought-provoking read, which fills in some of the holes.

Each story is introduced by a foreword from the author, and a timeline of events surrounding the narrative; these where both fascinating and added to my appreciation of each story. Beautifully drawn, with a different style being used for each story, This Place is a book that all teenagers should read.

— NetGalley

The anthology is visually gorgeous. Each story is powerfully conveyed, reflecting a time and moment in the Indigenous history of Canada...a great read for any age.

— Quill & Quire

I don't know a huge amount about Canadian history or the struggles of indigenous people. This graphic novel is an interesting and thought-provoking read, which fills in some of the holes.

Each story is introduced by a foreword from the author, and a timeline of events surrounding the narrative; these where both fascinating and added to my appreciation of each story. Beautifully drawn, with a different style being used for each story, This Place is a book that all teenagers should read.

— NetGalley

This makes few concessions to newcomers to the topic (which is an approach that itself makes a point), but it will be an eyeopener for people mostly familiar with U.S. history or colonialist viewpoints, and it could galvanize young readers with an interest in social equity.

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

This collection of 10 stories retells Canada’s history since Confederacy in 1867 through the lens of its
Indigenous peoples. Each story focuses on a significant Indigenous historical figure or event, illuminating
pivotal moments with a focus on Indigenous rights and sovereignty. Eleven Indigenous authors and eight
illustrators from various cultures make for a wide range of storytelling and illustrative styles, although
author introductions and timelines for each piece establish some continuity. The fact-based stories relay
important historical figures and pivotal moments for Indigenous rights in an accessible way, but the more
fantastical stories are where this collection really shines. “Red Clouds,” a fictionalized account of a woman
murdered during a great famine, conveys a disturbingly eerie and convincing alternate explanation of
events, while “Rosie” offers a surreal, dreamlike landscape in which Inuit shamanism and European
colonialism collide, illuminating the vast chasm between the two cultures. Although somewhat uneven,
this collection provides invaluable opportunity to hear voices that are featured all too rarely in literature
and is a worthwhile addition to collections. 

— Booklist

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