The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel

byPatti LaBoucane-BensonIllustratorKelly Mellings

May 2, 2015|
The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel by Patti LaBoucane-Benson
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Winner, CODE''s 2016 Burt Award for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Literature

In this important graphic novel, two brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives.

Pete, a young Indigenous man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict. One night, Pete and his mother''s boyfriend, Dennis, get into a big fight, which sends Dennis to the morgue and Pete to jail. Initially, Pete keeps up ties to his crew, until a jail brawl forces him to realize the negative influence he has become on Joey, which encourages him to begin a process of rehabilitation that includes traditional Indigenous healing circles and ceremonies.

Powerful, courageous, and deeply moving, The Outside Circle is drawn from the author''s twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of gang-affiliated or incarcerated Indigenous men.

Patti Laboucane-Benson is a Métis woman and the Director of Research, Training, and Communication at Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA). She has a Ph.D. in Human Ecology, focusing on Aboriginal Family Resilience. Her doctoral research explored how providing historic trauma healing programs for Aboriginal offenders builds res...
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Title:The Outside Circle: A Graphic Novel
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:128 pages, 10 X 6.69 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:128 pages, 10 X 6.69 X 0.68 in
Published:May 2, 2015
Publisher:House Of Anansi Press Inc
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781770899377

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