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150 Years Retold
Graphic Novel 12+
Pages: 296
Themes: Canada 150, Indigenous, Reconciliation, Canadian history, graphic novel, First Nations, Aboriginal stories
Publisher: Portage & Main Press
Pub Date: 28/May/2019
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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.

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.

Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)
Selected for AICL's Best Books of 2019
School Library Journal
Selected for School Library Journal's Best Books 2019, Best Graphic Novels
Kirkus Reviews
An illuminating, self-assured graphic novel anthology in which every panel reads like a radical act.
Summer Hayes, Booklist
this collection provides invaluable opportunity to hear voices that are featured all too rarely in literature and is a worthwhile addition to collections.
Elisa Gall, The Horn Book Magazine
Ambitious in scope and strong in execution, this collection succeeds in prompting readers to remember (or learn) Indigenous history 
Helen Kubiw, CanLit for LittleCanadians
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.
Jennifer Wyatt, Professionally Speaking Magazine, Ontario College of Teachers

a solid addition to....curriculum...as 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.

Jeffrey Canton, The Globe and Mail
[A] breathtaking comics anthology...this mix of powerful storytelling and memorable illustrations is a place to begin a dialogue with Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Jesse Wente, broadcaster and film critic

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.


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

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