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This Place

150 Years Retold

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

Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Historical, Canada, Prejudice & Racism
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Potlatch, Spirituality and Ceremony, Storytelling and Oral Culture, Traditional Art, Traditional Foods, Traditional Medicine, Worldviews, Teachings, and Protocols, Authentic Indigenous History, Contemporary Setting, Diverse and Inclusive Representation, Depression and Suicide, Indigenous Veterans, Social Emotional Learning, Courage, Death, Grief, and Bereavement, Emotions and Feelings, Friendship, Kindness, Mental Health and Well-Being, Respect, Responsibility, Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance, Social Justice, Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Discrimination, Family Separation, Foster Care and the Child Welfare System, Genocide and Cultural Extinction, Impacts of Colonization and Colonialism, Indian Act, Prejudice and Racism, Residential Schools, STEM, Ecosystems, Strong Female Characters
Cultures & Peoples: Anishinaabeg, Cree, Inuit, Kanien’kehá, Kwakwaka’wakw , Ligwilda'xw (Southern Kwagul), Métis, Mi’kmaq (Mi’gmaq)
Indigenous Languages: Anishinaabemowin, Cree, Plains Cree (nêhiyawêwin), Dene, Inuktitut, Kanien'kéha (Mohawk), Kwak’wala, Pacifique Mi’gmaq (Mi'kmaw), Words or Phrases

Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 8–12
Reading Level: Lexile® Framework for Reading: HL700L
Paperback : 9781553797586, 296 pages, April 2019
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553797821, 296 pages, May 2019
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553797838, 296 pages, May 2019
Ebook (Mobi) : 9781553798729, 296 pages, May 2019

Table of contents

v Foreword
Alicia Elliott

2 Annie of Red River
Katherena Vermette
Illustration: Scott B. Henderson
Colours: Donovan Yaciuk

28 Tilted Ground
Sonny Assu
Illustration: Kyle Charles
Colours: Scott A. Ford

54 Red Clouds
Jen Storm
Illustration & Colours: Natasha Donovan

82 Peggy
David A. Robertson
Illustration & Colours: Natasha Donovan

110 Rosie
Rachel & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
Illustration & Colours: GMB Chomichuk

138 Nimkii
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Illustration: Ryan Howe & Jen Storm
Colours: Donovan Yaciuk

166 Like a Razor Slash
Richard Van Camp
Illustration: Scott B. Henderson
Colours: Scott A. Ford

192 Migwite’tmeg: We Remember It
Brandon Mitchell
Illustration: Tara Audibert
Colours: Donovan Yaciuk

220 Warrior Nation
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
Illustration & Colours: Andrew Lodwick

246 kitaskînaw 2350
Chelsea Vowel
Illustration: Tara Audibert
Colours: Donovan Yaciuk

278 Notes
281 Select Bibliography
284 About the Contributors

In graphic novel format, Indigenous writers explore the untold stories of the past, present, and future in what is now Canada.


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.

Each story includes a timeline of related historical events and a personal note from the author. Find cited sources and a select bibliography for further reading in the back of the book. The accompanying teacher guide includes  curriculum charts and 12 lesson plans  to help educators use the book with their students.

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.


  • Winner, McNally Robinson Book of the Year 2020
  • Winner, Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher 2020
  • Winner, Cybils Award, Young Adult Graphic Novels 2019
  • Winner, Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award, Graphic Novel 2021
  • Nominated, Doug Wright Award for Best Book 2020
  • Nominated, Gene Day Award for Anthology Collections 2020


Ambitious in scope and strong in execution, this collection succeeds in prompting readers to remember (or learn) Indigenous history 

Elisa Gall, The Horn Book Magazine

Selected for AICL's Best Books of 2019

Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Selected for School Library Journal's Best Books 2019, Best Graphic Novels

School Library Journal

This Place is the graphic novel I’ve waited for my whole life, and the graphic novel Canada has needed for 150 years.

The stories contained within its pages are both beautifully rendered and vitally necessary. They represent a history not only largely untold and unknown, but one obscured, hidden from sight, so that other stories may occupy a privileged place in defining a national story. Their importance is exquisitely captured on these pages, told by some of the leading artists working today. This is an essential book, for comic fans, teachers, and anyone who wants to learn the stories of this place we now share.

Jesse Wente, broadcaster and film critic

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

Kirkus Reviews

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

Jeffrey Canton, The Globe and Mail

this collection provides invaluable opportunity to hear voices that are featured all too rarely in literature and is a worthwhile addition to collections.

Summer Hayes, Booklist

a solid addition to. ...curriculum. it specifically addresses social, political, economic and cultural challenges in Indigenous communities. Most importantly, the collection points Indigenous students toward seeing themselves, hearing their own voices and stories, and reading about the perspectives of their ancestors and their communities.

Jennifer Wyatt, Professionally Speaking Magazine, Ontario College of Teachers

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.

Helen Kubiw, CanLit for LittleCanadians