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Three Feathers

By Richard Van Camp
Illustrated by K. Mateus
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Law & Crime, Coming of Age, Boys & Men
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Restorative Justice, Smudging, Traditional Medicine, Worldviews, Teachings, and Protocols, Contemporary Setting, Diverse and Inclusive Representation, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Social Emotional Learning, Courage, Kindness, Responsibility, Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance, Social Justice, Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Family Separation, Prejudice and Racism, Strong Female Characters
Cultures & Peoples: Dene, Tlicho, Cree
Indigenous Languages: Cree, Dene, Tlicho, Words or Phrases

Interest Age: 12–18
Grade: 7–12
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell Z+, Lexile® Framework for Reading: HL580L
Paperback : 9781553795360, 48 pages, March 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553797135, 48 pages, May 2017
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553797227, 48 pages, May 2017


Three young men -- Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert -- have vandalized their community. They are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But will they be forgiven for what they've done?

Three Feathers explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern Indigenous community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations.


this book presents some of the harsh realities faced by Canada’s Aboriginal communities. .. [It has] merits in exploring these issues through the medium of the graphic novel.

Joanne Peters, CM Association

Van Camp, unsurprisingly, never stoops to caricature. His characters are emotionally complex, possessed of agency and sympathetically rendered. .. I don’t want to give away the ending. I will say, however, that I was surprised by it

Ad Astra Comix

[Three Feathers] is a narrative that is very empowering to share with youth, especially youth who live in communities that face a lot of challenges. .. [It shows how] youth have the potential to be powerful agents of change and can make a difference in their communities in the present moment, and I think we need to communicate that to them more often.

Starleigh Grass, Twinkle's Happy Place

Van Camp and Mateus make another outstanding team of storyteller and illustrator. [Three Feathers] is strong and provocative.

J.L. Slipak, My Book Abyss