Please join us in the Atrium on Thursday, December 6 for the launch of "Surviving the City," the debut graphic novel by Tasha Spillett.
"Surviving the City" tells a story of kinship, resilience, cultural resurgence, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends - together, the teens navigate the challenges of being Indigenous in an urban landscape. 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 is reopened. Will Dez’s community find her before it’s too late? Will Miikwan be able to cope if they don’t?
Though illustrator Natasha Donovan will not be present for the launch, her contributions will be celebrated.
Tasha Spillett draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw and Trinidadian bloodlines. She is a celebrated educator, poet, and emerging scholar. Tasha is most heart-tied to contributing to community-led work that centres on land and water defence, and the protection of Indigenous women and girls. Tasha is currently working on her PhD in Education through the University of Saskatchewan, where she holds a Vanier Canada Award.
All are welcome!