Hingston: Graphic novel author’s first choice for achieving biggest audience – Edmonton Journal

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Hingston: Graphic novel author’s first choice for achieving biggest audience – Edmonton Journal

by ahnationtalk on May 29, 2015300 Views

May 28, 2015

Patti LaBoucane-Benson has a PhD in human ecology. She is a recipient of the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta Award for Education. For nearly 20 years she’s worked for Native Counselling Services of Alberta, currently serving as its director of research, training, and communication. Her work has also led to multiple public-speaking gigs, such as at Edmonton’s first Walrus Talks event, entitled Aboriginal City, which took place last month.

In other words, LaBoucane-Benson’s understanding of First Nations affairs runs deep, and it has many possible outlets. But when it came time for her to think about publishing the dissertation work she completed at the University of Alberta — focusing on healing and resilience in indigenous families and communities — she knew right away which avenues she didn’t want to pursue.

“The world will not change in academia,” she says. “No change will happen on the ground, in the lived experience in aboriginal people, by publishing a dissertation that sits on a shelf — or even having it read by students and academics.”

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