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Indigenous youth exposed to comic art at First Nations University in Regina

During a camp on theCanadian Indigenous University (FNUniv) campus in Regina, Indigenous youth aged 14-18 participated in the art of cartoons. work was introduced. Through the camp, Regina and her surrounding students learn basic foundational techniques of drawing and painting, and learn how cartoonists are involved in the storytelling process.

The program coordinator said she chose the topic of her comic art because young people are strongly connected to digital, comics, and graphic novel images.

Her Audrey Dreaver, Indigenous Arts Lecturer at FNUniv, said: “There is an artistic way to tell stories, an artistic way that is expressive and an empowering voice for young people.”

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Young people will be provided with an art kit containing a variety of art supplies including a variety of papers, inks, water-based paints and markers. After camp concludes on her August 19, 2022, young people can take home their art her kit and continue honing their skills.

"Comic books are [one] important mode for telling Indigenous stories … coming out of the Indigenous experience through the writer," she said Dreaver. “I hope they feel really good about their voice after they leave here … This is because they can use that voice to create stories and convey what they need to say. It's one way you can."

Regina high school student Evy Maxie-Poitras drew cartoons as a child. Comic Art When the opportunity arose to attend her camp, she wanted to be part of her learning process.

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Mixed I paint with mediums," she said. ``(Uses) watercolors, pencils and crayons''

Maxie-Poitras, along with other young people, was a special guest at her speaker, where she was able to hear Sean Beyale speak. I was happy. Sean Beyale is a seasoned Navajo storyteller from Mexico who has worked as an artist for Marvel Comics and Scholastic Books.

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"I thought it would be really cool to see him help create a story in a comic." '' said Maxie - Poitras. "He writes Marvel comics and I've read some of them. They're really good." hopes this camp will be held again in the future.

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