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Neechee Graphic Novels

My friend and assistant hockey coach David Robertson is an author of kick ass graphic novels that teach people of all ages about Aboriginal history in Canada. Recently, he asked me to lend a voice to one character in an online trailer for his upcoming book “7 generations”.

Peep game:

He’s also gotten a lot of hits on CBC.ca recently for his post about his graphic novels. It features such breathtaking insights into his creative process as:

When I was a child I played with action figures, watched cartoons (even Jem, which is truly outrageous)…

He also makes some non-Holograms related points:

They are the great motivator Put a comic book in the hands of a struggling reader, or a kid who isn’t interested in reading, and watch their reading skills grow, as well as their excitement for reading.

If you’re an educator, I suggest you teach your kids about Aboriginal contributions to Canada’s history. What’s more, I suggest you order some of Dave’s books. And even further, consider bringing Dave out to your school to talk to your group. That is all.

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  • Panama

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    In another classroom with older students, I sat in on a more complex discussion about Native perspectives on the holiday of Thanksgiving. Here the students were led in a lesson aimed specifically at disarming the bread-breaking myths so often told around the holiday’s inception, and understanding the event’s legacy as one which marks the beginning of a genocide–not a friendship–and which is cause for mourning in many oppressed communities. Yet even in the midst of this conversation, through which the teacher adeptly drew on student’s own knowledge while simultaneously challenging their thinking, he remarked, “Native People had been living on this continent for generations before we arrived, ultimately bringing our religion and government.” And, while I had deeply appreciated this educator’s careful and questioning approach to a grossly simplified history, it gave me a strange sensation to be told how Native Peoples had lived before our arrival, knowing that I (and surely many of the other kids in the class) had Native ancestors. And as the descendent of African slaves and other colonized peoples, whose religion and whose government, I wanted to ask, did the British settlers ultimately bring with them to the soon-to-be colonies?

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