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Indigenous Graphic novels resources

By Cecily Heras.

Overview of novel, interview with David A. Roberston (Peggy), and Richard Van Camp (Like a Razor Slash):

1 Minute interview with Richard Van Camp, creator of “Like a Razor Slash”:

Overview of novel, interview with David A. Roberston (Peggy), and Richard Van Camp (Like a Razor Slash):

Using and Creating Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Begoray, D. & Brown, A. (2018). Empowering indigenous learners through the creation of graphic novels. Journal of Media Literacy Education 10(30), pp. 132-151.

Begoray, D. & Brown, A. (2017). Using a graphic novel to engage Indigenous youth in critical literacies. Language and LIteracy, Vol 19 (3). Pp, 35-55.

Oral Storytelling

Cariou, W. (2016). Who is the Text in this Class?: Story, Archive and Pedagogy in Indigenous Contexts. In L.M. Morra & D. Reder (Eds.). Learn, teach, challenge: Approaching indigenous literatures (pp. 467- 476). Waterloo, On: Wilfred Laurier UP.

Very interesting about oral stories and how they can influence their learners. Cariou recounts his experience teaching a university level course in Indigenous literature without the presence of written texts. The stories the class studied were all orally transmitted. He distinguishes between repertoire and the archive and argues for a return to the experience of oral story-telling.

King, Thomas, Totem. Retrieved from: Short, satirical, and ironic story, one among many he has written, to be delivered orally to class. Themes include tradition vs change and speaks of assimilation.

Robinson, H. (2004). The Master Cat, or Puss in Boots. In Write it on your heart – The epic world of an Okanagan Storyteller. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks.

Very interesting re-telling of “Puss in Boots,” likely a familiar story. Meant to be told orally with actions etc.


Joe, R. (2007). I Lost my Talk. In The Blind Man’s Eyes, (2015). Halifax, NS: Nimbus publishing.

Short poem taken from the longer, Song of Eskasoni. Speaks to the devastation of the losing one’s voice, and so the ability to tell Story. Turning a painful past into poetry. Jackson, L. (2009). Savage. Retreived from: 6 minute music video about sung by the mother of a young girl taken to the residential school. Ends with children looking like zombies. Blends traditional and modern music. A lullaby sung in Cree. Very interesting, especially the dance choreography.

Incorporating Indigenous text in the classroom

Anishinaabe Pedagogy Chartrand, R. (2012). Canadian Journal of Native Education, 35 (1), 144-162.

Chartrand uses four stories to explain Anishinaabe pedagogy and argues the importance of allowing Indigenous peoples to be the ones to tell their history and culture. The essay also notes the distinctiveness of different Indigenous cultures.

Hoy, H. (2016). “Introduction” from How Should I Read These? Native Women Writers in Canada In L.M. Morra & D. Reder (Eds.). Learn, teach, challenge; Approaching indigenous literatures (pp. 37- 54). Waterloo, On: Wilfred Laurier UP.

Hoy critically examines the expectations that are placed on Indigenous literature and, in the author’s words, “explore[s] the problematics of reading and teaching a variety of prose works by Native women writers in Canada”.

Sinclair, N.J. (2016). Responsible and Ethical Criticisms of Indigenous Literatures. In L.M. Morra & D. Reder (Eds.). Learn, teach, challenge: Approaching indigenous literatures (pp. 301- 308). Waterloo, On: Wilfred Laurier UP.

Sinclair argues that scholars need to adopt an ethical approach to the study of indigenous literatures and expounds upon a number of tenets as a starting point for the ethical consideration of how to approach indigenous texts.

Assessment as Learning

Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth, (2006). Rethinking classroom assessment with purpose in mind: assessment for learning, assessment as learning, assessment of learning. Canada: Manitoba Education.

Rowe, J. (2012). Assessment as learning. Retrieved from:

Great overview of the model including the understanding of assessments of, for, and as learning.

Lafleur, C. 2006). Rethinking classroom assessment. Orbit, Vol. 36. (No. 2), pp. 30-31


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