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Northwest Resistance

By Katherena Vermette
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
Series: A Girl Called Echo
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Coming of Age, Canada, Orphans & Foster Homes
Big Ideas: Authentic Indigenous History, Contemporary Setting, Social Justice, Discrimination, Impacts of Colonization and Colonialism, Land Claims, Prejudice and Racism, Strong Female Characters
Cultures & Peoples: Métis

Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 7–12
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell Y, Lexile® Framework for Reading: HL550L
Paperback : 9781553798316, 48 pages, February 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553798934, 48 pages, March 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553798941, 48 pages, March 2020

Step back in time to 1885 with volume three of the award-winning A Girl Called Echo graphic novel series, written by bestselling author Katherena Vermette.


Echo Desjardins just can't stop slipping back and forth in time.

In Northwest Resistance, Echo travels to 1885, a period of turmoil. The bison are gone, settlers from the East are arriving daily, and the Métis and First Nations of the Northwest face hunger and uncertainty as their traditional way of life is threatened. The Canadian government has ignored their petitions, but hope rises when Louis Riel returns to help. However, battles between Canadian forces and the Métis and their allies lead to defeat at Batoche. Through it all, Echo gains new perspectives about where she came from and what the future may hold.


  • Nominated, Aurora Award, Best Graphic Novel/Comic 2021
  • Nominated, Joe Shuster Awards 2021


Selected for the Junior Top 10 reading list

Loan Stars

Henderson’s lifelike illustrations are striking and filled with raw emotion. Yaciuk’s infused colour-work further elevates this historical account. This is a well-conceived story, which links the past to the present. A tremendous way for teens to learn history

Mighty Village

Among Best Books for Kids & Teens, a starred selection of exceptional caliber

The Canadian Children's Book Centre

Among AICL's Best Books of 2020

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Among CBC Books' Best Canadian Comics of 2020

CBC Books

This book, along with so many others that HighWater Press publishes, [is] fantastic. The melding of history and fantasy that focus on Own Voices is something the publisher does beautifully.

The Tiny Activist

If you are a Canadian history nerd like me, check out the third volume of A Girl Called Echo. A graphic novel that tells the story of the Northwest Resistance, while continuing Echo’s journey in modern day Winnipeg.

Ellen Bees, Books for a Beautiful World