This Place: 150 Years Retold, Writers Round Up

This Place: 150 Years Retold is a powerful, groundbreaking graphic novel anthology of 10 untold stories. It’s an enthralling journey through magic realism, serial killings, psychic battles, and time travel.

With eleven authors and eight illustrators, this one-of-a-kind work may reshape what you think you know about Canada.

Here are the authors who contributed to this groundbreaking collection of stories:

Akiwenzie-Damm, Kateri

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is the founder and Managing Editor of Kegedonce Press. Her story “Nimki,” about a child growing up in the foster care system, was inspired by Kateri’s own experience as an adoptive mother and the knowledge of the shocking experiences of Indigenous children in the system.


Sonny Assu

Sonny Assu’s story, “Tilted Ground,” explores the history of his great-great-grandfather, Chief Billy Assu, who was one of the most well-respected chiefs in Ligwilda’xw history. Chief Billy Assu has also played a significant role in Sonny’s life and inspired many pieces of his art.

Alicia Elliott

Alicia Elliott

Alicia Elliot is an award-winning Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River living in Brantford, Ontario. Her essay, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground,” won Gold at the National Magazine Awards (2017), she was awarded the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC, and she received the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Prize in 2018.

Alicia wrote the foreword in the anthology, which is her first work with Highwater Press.


Rachel & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley

Together, Sean and Rachael have worked for decades as Arctic researchers and consultants and have published 10 books including their novel, Skraelings: Clashes in the Old Arctic,  a Governor General’s Awards Finalist. “Rosie” is their latest work, which is a coming-of-age story of a young girl becoming a shaman.

Jen Storm author photo

Jen Storm

Named one of CBC Manitoba’s Future 40 in 2017, Jen Storm wrote “Red Clouds,” a story about windigos and the clash between Indigenous and Canadian systems of law. Her illustrations also make an appearance in “Nimkii” by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm.

Hear about her inspiration for the story, written from a woman’s perspective, here.

Van Camp, Richard

Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp, an award-winning author of more than 22 books, writes about his personal hero in the story “Like a Razor Slash.” As part of the Berger Inquiry, Chief Frank T’Seleie gave a speech that is an iconic reminder of the environmental and cultural impacts of proposed pipeline projects.

Watch him talk about the experience of writing the story here.

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Chelsea Vowel

Chelsea Vowel, mother to six daughters, co-hosts an Indigenous feminist podcast called Métis in Space, and explores the sci-fi theme further in her story “kitaskînaw 2350.” The story travels through time to put current events in context for a woman from a decolonized future.

David A. Robertson

David A. Robertson

David A. Robertson, a Governor General’s Award-winning author, writes about Francis Pegahmagabow, an Indigenous sniper highly decorated for his military service in WWI—yet forgotten to Canadian history.

Learn more about ‘Peggy’ here.

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Niigaanwewidam “Niigaan” James Sinclair

Best known for his myth-busting columns in the Winnipeg Free Press, Niigaan Sinclair shares the story “Warrior Nation,” which follows young Indigenous activists in the 1990s and as part of the Oka Crisis.

Hear him talk about the story here.


Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette, a Governor General’s Award-winning author, draws upon her Métis identity and deep roots in the Red River Valley for her story, “Annie of Red River.” Annie Bannatyne, a strong Métis woman, leaves a mark on history as one unsung hero that may have inspired the Red River Resistance.

Hear her thoughts on the story here.

Brandon Mitchell

Brandon Mitchell founder of Birch Bark Comics drew on his memories of fishing with his father and the stories from his community to write “Migwite’tmeg: We Remember It.” The story focuses on fishing raids from the 1980s and what they meant for Listiguj.

Watch him talk about the raids here.

These are just a few of the incredible people who contributed This Place: 150 Years Retold. Pre-order your copy of this groundbreaking anthology today, and keep your eyes peeled for it on shelves on May 1, 2019!


Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are a wild ride through magic realism, serial killings, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

Featuring Stories By: Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, David A. Robertson, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jen Storm, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette, and Chelsea Vowel

Illustrated By: Tara Audibert, Kyle Charles, GMB Chomichuk, Natasha Donovan, Scott B. Henderson, Ryan Howe, Andrew Lodwick, and Jen Storm

Colour By: Scott A. Ford and Donovan Yaciuk

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

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