Katherena Vermette (Red River Métis)
Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk
This is a collection of all four volumes in A Girl Called Echo, a graphic novel series that follows thirteen-year-old Echo Desjardins, a Métis girl who is separated from her mother and struggles to adjust to a new home and school. During a class lecture, her time-traveling power is unlocked and she’s transported to a different time and place.
Throughout the four volumes, Echo experiences Métis history. In the Pemmican Wars, she is transported to the prairies of 1814 and witnesses the events leading to the Battle of Seven Oaks, while the Red River Resistance volume addresses the summer of 1869 when Canadian surveyors took hold of Métis land and displaced families. Northwest Resistance brings Echo to 1885 when Métis people, facing starvation, find hope in the rising political leader Louis Riel. In the series finale Road Allowance Era, Louis Riel stands trial and the government doesn’t fulfill their promise of land for the Métis people. Despite this outcome, Echo witnesses the perseverance of her ancestors.