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Surviving the City

A graphic novel by Tasha Spillett and Natasha Donovan.

Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan

Tasha Spillet's graphic novel debut tells a story of kinship, resilience, cultural resurgence and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up Indigenous in an urban landscape — they're so close, they even completed their Berry Fast together. However, when Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group home looming, Dez can't bring herself to go home and disappears. Miikwan is devastated, and the wound of her missing mother resurfaces. Will Dez's community find her before it's too late? Will Miikwan be able to cope if they don't? (From Portage & Main Press)

Surviving the City won the $2,000 Indigenous Voices Award for works in an alternative format.

Interviews

As a proud, ceremonial Cree woman, Tasha Spillett follows traditional teachings while looking for love. (July 21 / 2015) 5:59
How would like to attend a university course beside a beautiful lake instead of in a classroom? Rather than reading about the land you would learn by being on the land. That's the premise behind Land Based Education. 7:20