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Publication Order of Girl Called Echo Books

Pemmican Wars (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red River Resistance (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Northwest Resistance (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Road Allowance Era (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Girl Called Echo Omnibus (With: Scott B. Henderson,Donovan Yaciuk) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Seven Teachings Stories Books

The First Day (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Singing Sisters (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kode's Quest (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Just Right Gift (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amik Loves School (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Misaabe's Stories (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
What is Truth, Betsy? (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

North End Love Songs (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
River Woman (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Girl and the Wolf (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
This Place: 150 Years Retold(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Katherena Vermette is a published Canadian author of Métis descent. In 2013, she was the receptor of the Governor General’s Award in the field of English language poetry, awarded to her for North End Love Songs.

Vermette is from Winnipeg in Manitoba. She grew up there in the North End in an area that had a fairly higher population than most of Indigenous people. About a quarter of the population was mainly Métis and First Nations. The area that she grew up in often had a high number of crimes reported. She has said that growing up as a kid was not quite picturesque.

In her area, there were often instances of prejudice and even injustice. One particular instance of this was when Donovan, her 18 year old brother, was found dead after being missing for six months. The author believes that because her brother was so young, was at a bar before disappearing, and his Cree background may have led to inadequate media coverage. This incident along with the apathy of the community and media around the case made her aware about potential discrimination against Canadian Aboriginal people by non-Aboriginals and inspired in her a sense of activism and commitment to change things.

She attended the University of British Columbia, majoring in creative writing and graduating with an MFA. She is now known for her original stories, poetry, and prose. One of her early published works was a children’s book called The First Day. It is about an indigenous boy who is facing up to his fears of attending his first day of school. Vermette has since written several other children’s books, accompanied with pictures, part of The Seven Teachings Stories. They are illustrated by the artist Irene Kuziw. Part of the goal of the series is to show these teachings in a way that’s understandable as well as feature Indigenous children and give them representation in art.

She also published her first poetry volume, which was titled North End Love Songs. As you may be able to guess, the title references the North End where the author grew up. She channels her unique perspective of the area and it is described with a strong adherence and inclusion to the nature that decorated her neighborhood and made it beautiful. Part of her goal was to dispel perceptions of people of the area that did not live there with her own point of view on the community.

Vermette debuted her first full fictional novel with the publication of The Break in 2016. The book did well, becoming a finalist for the Trust Fiction Prize put on by Rogers Writers that year, as well as the Governor General’s Award. It won a Burt Award in 2017. The book contains many narratives and features a young mother named Stella. She is Métis and calls the police when she sees someone she thinks that is in trouble outside of her house on the Break.

She also belongs to Manitoba’s Aboriginal Writers Collective. She has edited anthologies and also seen her work published in them, such as Manitowapow, a literary anthology. She was even a co-director in 2015 along with Erika MacPherson on a documentary called This River. The film is twenty minutes long as was made for the National Film Board of Canada. The film concerns Indigenous peoples, mainly Canadian families, that have searched for disappeared family members. The film received an award and premiered at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The 5th Canadian Screen Awards named it the best short documentary. She also collaborated with Alicia Smith on Instagram for a work called What Brings Us Here, designed to be a companion piece.

She also collaborates with at risk young people that are going through tough times. She works with them in a writing workshop that is designed to use writing to try and cope with being marginalized and growing up different from others. She wants to use poetry to help young people to find and develop their artistic voice. She channels her activist energy and concern for First Nations issues into her personal writing as well.

Katherena Vermette is the creator and the author of the Girl Called Echo series. These graphic novels debuted with Pemmican Wars, followed by Red River Resistance and Northwest Resistance.

Pemmican Wars is the first installment of the Girl Called Echo series. In this debut, readers get to meet Echo Desjardins for the first time.

Echo is the same as any other teen girl. She’s just thirteen years old and is Métis. She’s adjusting to moving to a new house and having to go to a new school, as well as being distanced from her mom. Sometimes she just puts on her headphones and listens to music to try and relax.

One day she is in history class when things come to life. She’s sitting through the lecture of her teacher, Mr. Bee, when she all of a sudden discovers that she’s in the middle of history. Taken to a different place in time, she is witnessing the hunt of a bison on what appears to be the prairie of Saskatchewan.

Once back to the present time, she’s astounded by her journey. Is it imagination or is this real? As time goes on, she continually goes back in time and is able to witness things that only those who were there saw. From fur trading to being at a camp of the Métis, Echo is witnessing history unfold first hand. As she sees the Pemmican War era happen, will she tell others about her ability? Check out this transporting graphic novel to find out!

Red River Resistance features the return of Echo. She’s somewhat adjusted to this new place and is even making friends. She’s also learning about her people’s history, albeit through a unique way.

Not everyone can transport themselves in time. In class one day, she goes back to the Red River’s banks in 1869. The season is summer, and things are not going well. Canadian surveyors have come and they’re changing things. Families living in the area for generations back find that they’re slowly losing their land. As a resistance forms, Echo is worried for these people. Can they defend the Red River Valley or will they fall? Pick up a copy of Red River Resistance to find out!

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