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This Place

150 Years Retold

by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm; Brandon Mitchell; Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley; Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair; Jen Storm; Richard Van Camp; Katherena Vermette; Sonny Assu; Chelsea Vowel; David A. Robertson; Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, illustrated by Kyle Charles; GMB Chomichuk; Tara Audibert; Natasha Donovan; Scott B. Henderson; Andrew Lodwick; Scott A. Ford; Donovan Yaciuk & Ryan Howe, 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
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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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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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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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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Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, PhD., (he/him/his) is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. He regularly speaks and writes about Indigenous issues for national and international media outlets and his writing appears bi weekly in the Winnipeg Free Press. He has also published short stories in books like The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama and graphic novels like This Place: 150 Years Retold. He is the 2018 recipient of a National Newspaper Award for best Canadian Columnist and also was named 2019 Peace Educator of the Year by the Peace and Justice Studies Association at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 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 and the editorial director of The Debwe Series (published by HighWater Press).
 
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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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Richard Van Camp, a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, is the author of the novel The Lesser Blessed (also a feature film), and four collections of short stories, including Night Moves. He has published children's books and baby books, including Little You. He is also author of the graphic novel Three Feathers (in English, Bush Cree, and Dene).
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Katherena Vermette is a Metis writer of poetry, fiction, and children's literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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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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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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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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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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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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Scott B. Henderson (he/him/his) 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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Scott B. Henderson (he/him/his) 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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Scott B. Henderson (he/him/his) 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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Scott B. Henderson (he/him/his) 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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Scott B. Henderson (he/him/his) 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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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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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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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
Awards
  • Winner, Winner of the Cybils Award, Young Adult Graphic Novels
Editorial Reviews

...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

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

— Publishers Weekly

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

— CBC

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

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

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

— Kirkus Reviews

With powerful text and stunning artwork, this anthology empowers Indigenous peoples to lift our voices, reclaim our stories and share our history, so that all Canadians can hear us. Highly recommended for home, school, and public libraries.
 

— CCBC Canadian Children's Book News Fall 2019

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

— Foreword Reviews

Ambitious in scope and strong in execution, this collection succeeds in prompting readers to remember (or learn) Indigenous history.... A variety of illustrative and narrative styles spotlights Indigenous experiences and perspectives on raids, protests, the horrors of the child welfare system, and more.

— Horn Book Magazine Sept/Oct 2019 Issue

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 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

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

— The Teaching Librarian

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

...this is more than a graphic novel—it’s an extraordinary history text (with a dash of speculative fiction) that animates obscured narratives and will enchant and educate all ages.
—a Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance Magazine

— Teaching Tolerance Magazine Issue 63, Fall 2019

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