This Place: 150 Years Retold

This Place: 150 Years Retold

by Jen Storm & Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair & David A. Robertson & Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley & Brandon Mitchell & Sonny Assu & Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm & Chelsea Vowel & Katherena Vermette & Richard Van Camp
  • fiction
  • graphic-novel
  • historical
  • indigenous
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.


Jen Storm, author

Jen Storm is an Ojibway writer from the Couchiching First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jennifer completed Deadly Loyalties, her first novel, at age fourteen. Fire Starters (AIYLA Honor Book) is her first graphic novel. Jen was a 2017 recipient for the CBC Manitoba’s Future 40. Jen’s updates on current and future projects can be found on Instagram @jenstorm_art where she shares her passion for creating art.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, author

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, PhD., is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba. He regularly speaks and writes about Indigenous issues for CTV, CBC, The Guardian, and APTN, as well as in The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama. Niigaan is co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories. He is also editorial director of "The Debwe Series," published by HighWater Press.

David A. Robertson, author

David A. Robertson is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (winner Governor General’s Literary Award), Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story (listed In The Margins), and the award-winning YA novels Strangers and Monsters. David educates as well as entertains through his writings about Indigenous peoples in Canada, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.

Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, author

Of Inuit-Cree ancestry, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley was born in a tent on northernmost Baffin Island. She learned Inuit survival lore from her father, survived residential school and attended university. In 2012, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her numerous cultural writings. Of Scottish-Mohawk ancestry, Sean Qitsualik- Tinsley was born in southern Ontario, learning woodcraft and stories from his father. Training as an artist and writer, Sean’s sci-fi work won 2nd place in the California- based Writers of the Future contest, published by Galaxy Press. Rachel and Sean have worked for decades as Arctic researchers and consultants. In writing together, they have published 10 successful books and many shorter works, celebrating the history and uniqueness of Arctic shamanism, cosmology, and cosmogony. Their novel, Skraelings: Clashes in the Old Arctic, was a Governor General Awards Finalist and First Prize Burt Award winner.

Brandon Mitchell, author

From Listuguj, Quebec, Brandon Mitchell is the founder of Birch Bark Comics and creator of the "Sacred Circles" comic series, which draws on his Mi’kmaq heritage. He has also written five books with the Healthy Aboriginal Network, (Lost Innocence, Drawing Hope, River Run, Making it Right, and Emily’s Choice) and wrote and illustrated Jean-Paul’s Daring Adventure: Stories from Old Mobile for the University of Alabama.

Sonny Assu, author

Sonny Assu is an interdisciplinary artist whose diverse practice is informed by Kwakwaka’wakw culture melded with Western/pop art principles. His work has been shown at the National Gallery of Canada, Seattle Art Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery and in various public and private collections across Canada, the US, and the UK. He currently resides in unceded Ligwiłda’xw territory (Campbell River, BC).

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, author

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is a writer, poet, spoken-word performer, librettist, and activist from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation at Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario. In 1993, she founded Kegedonce Press to publish the work of Indigenous creators. She has written two books of poetry, edited the award-winning Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing, and has also released two CDs. Kateri’s work has been published internationally, and she has performed and spoken around the world.

Chelsea Vowel, author

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, currently residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd and LLB, and is currently a graduate student and Cree language curriculum developer. Chelsea is also a public intellectual, writer, speaker, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. Her collection of essays, Indigenous Writes, is a national bestseller (HighWater Press, 2016). She co-hosts the Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast with Molly Swain, blogs at, and makes auntie-approved legendary bannock.

Katherena Vermette, author

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General Literary Award for Poetry. Her debut novel, The Break, was featured on Canada Reads 2017 and has gone on to win numerous awards, including the First Novel Award. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Richard Van Camp, author

Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He is the author of 22 books including The Lesser Blessed (also a feature film), the Eisner nominated graphic novel, A Blanket of Butterflies (with Scott B. Henderson), and Three Feathers (also a feature film). Richard is also the author of four collections of short stories, including Night Moves, and five baby books, including the award-winning Little You (with Julie Flett).

Ryan Howe, illustrator

Ryan Howe is a prairie Canadian cartoonist and graphic designer who fell in love with comics’ unique storytelling language early in life and has been hooked ever since. He’s been collaborating with other comics creators since 2003, providing art for a wide variety of projects and genres on both the web and in print. Ryan has recently tried his hand at writing as well as drawing, the "Daisy Blackwood: Pilot for Hire" series being the rip roarin’ result.

Andrew Lodwick, illustrator

Andrew Lodwick is a lifelong resident of Winnipeg and has a B.F.A. (Hons) from the University of Manitoba School of Art. He has worked for many years at Martha Street Studio as technician, custom screen printer, and studio manager. He maintains a personal art practice that includes printmaking and design work. In 2014, Andrew cofounded the Riso print collective, Parameter Press (, of which he remains a member.

Scott B. Henderson, illustrator

Scott B. Henderson is the author/illustrator of the sci-fi/fantasy comic series, The Chronicles of Era. He has illustrated Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story, and the Eisner-nominated A Blanket of Butterflies, as well as the For Valour, "Tales from Big Spirit and 7 Generations" series. Scott is also the recipient of the 2016 C4 Central Canada Comic Con Storyteller Award.

Natasha Donovan, illustrator

Natasha Donovan is a freelance artist and illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her sequential work has been published in The Other Side anthology and Surviving the City. She is the illustrator of the award- winning children’s book, The Sockeye Mother (shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction). Natasha is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.

GBM Chomichuk, illustrator

GMB Chomichuk is an award- winning writer and illustrator whose work has appeared in film, television, books, and comics. His most recent work with HighWater Press, Will I See?, was a collaboration with writer David A. Robertson and singer/songwriter Iskwe¯. His works include occult suspense (Midnight City), science fiction (Red Earth), and inspirational all-ages adventure (Cassie and Tonk). He is the host of Super Pulp Science, a podcast about how genre gets made. His newest full-length graphic novel, Apocrypha: The Legend of Babymetal, was featured on The Hollywood Reporter, The Nerdist, and Billboard Magazine.

Kyle Charles, illustrator

Kyle Charles is a writer/illustrator living in Edmonton, Alberta. He has drawn for several series including "Roche Limit: Clandestiny and Her Infernal Descent." He has also written and illustrated short stories for publishers like Heavy Metal and OnSpec Magazine. When not busy at the drawing table, Kyle spends much of his time teaching comics to local students. He is a member of Whitefish Lake First Nation.

Tara Audibert, illustrator

Tara Audibert is a Wolatoqiyik artist, filmmaker, and illustrator with 20 years’ experience in animation, comics, and fine art. Tara combines traditional First Nations art and storytelling with contemporary design and digital mediums. She runs Moxy Fox Studio and her first independent animated film, The Importance of Dreaming, was released in 2017. She is also a founder of the Ni’gweg Collective and the app “NITAP: Legends of the First Nations.”


  • ...the anthology’s theme and authentically told stories make it a stand-out. - Publishers Weekly Link to review
  • The anthology is visually gorgeous. Each story is powerfully conveyed, reflecting a time and moment in the Indigenous history of Canada... a great read for any age. - Wayne Arthurson, Quill and Quire Link to review
  • ...breathtaking comics anthology... powerful storytelling and memorable illustrations... - Jeffrey Canton, The Globe and Mail

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: HighWater Press



rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 13 and up

number of pages: 296

publication date: 05/01/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book