Graphic novel challenges Aboriginal stereotypes – Leduc Representative

Graphic novel challenges Aboriginal stereotypes – Leduc Representative

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 2015386 Views

July 9, 2015

The most powerful stories are often the ones that go untold. With the recent publication of The Outside Circle, a graphic novel set in Edmonton, a perspective too often overlooked is brought to light.

The story follows the story of Pete and his younger brother Joey. As a young Aboriginal man, Pete is caught in a cycle of poverty and gang violence in Edmonton’s inner city. After being arrested for killing his step-father in order to protect his mother, Pete spends time in jail before being transferred to Drumheller, eventually ending up at the Stan Daniels Healing Centre. There, he participates in the In Search of Your Warrior program, an intensive historical-trauma-healing process for incarcerated Aboriginal men. Pete is eventually able to overcome the pain of his past and creates a positive future for himself; a sense of hope underpins the entire story, while simultaneously drawing attention to the complexity of issues that Aboriginal people face on a daily basis.

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