If I Go Missing

If I Go Missing is a graphic novel by Brianna Jonnie with Nahanni Shingoose, art by Nshannacappo.

Brianna Jonnie with Nahanni Shingoose, art by Nshannacappo

Combining graphic fiction and non-fiction, this young adult graphic novel serves as a window into one of the unique dangers of being an Indigenous teen in Canada today.

The text of the book is derived from excerpts of a letter written to the Winnipeg Chief of Police by 14-year-old Brianna Jonnie — a letter that went viral and was also the basis of a documentary film. In her letter, Jonnie calls out the authorities for neglecting to immediately investigate missing Indigenous people and urges them to "not treat me as the Indigenous person I am proud to be," if she were to be reported missing.

Indigenous artist Neal Shannacappo provides the artwork for the book. Through his illustrations he imagines a situation in which a young Indigenous woman does disappear, portraying the reaction of her community, her friends, the police and media.

An author's note at the end of the book provides context for young readers about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. (From Lorimer Children & Teens)

More about Brianna Jonnie

Brianna Jonnie speaks with the media after her meeting with Mayor Brian Bowman

8 years ago
Duration 2:23
Winnipeg teenager Brianna Jonnie, who wrote an emotional letter that implores police, government officials and media to give MMIW cases as much weight as when non-indigenous people go missing, met with Mayor Brian Bowman on Monday.

'You can do better': Indigenous teen calls on Winnipeg police to make MMIW a priority

8 years ago
Duration 1:52
An indigenous girl in Winnipeg has a message for police chief Devon Clunis: You can do better.

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