If I Go Missing

If I Go Missing

Book - 2019
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A powerfully illustrated graphic novel for teens about the subject of missing and murdered Indigenous people. Combining graphic fiction and non-fiction, this young adult graphic novel serves as a window into one of the unique dangers of being an Indigenous teen in Canada today. The text of the book is derived from excerpts of a letter written to the Winnipeg Chief of Police by fourteen-year-old Brianna Jonnie -- a letter that went viral and in which, Jonnie calls out the authorities for neglecting to immediately investigate and involve the public in the search for missing Indigenous people, and urges them to "not treat me as the Indigenous person I am proud to be" if she were to be reported missing. Indigenous artist Neal Shannacappo provides the artwork for the book. Through his illustrations he imagines a situation in which a young Indigenous woman does disappear, portraying the reaction of her community, her friends, the police and media. An author's note at the end of the book provides context for young readers about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.
Publisher: Toronto :, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers,, [2019]
Characteristics: 64 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 x 25 cm.


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LPL_RebeccaR Apr 11, 2021

This novel is a stunning example of the power of fictional graphic art to bring to life a true story that must not be ignored! The text is based on the letter Brianna Jonnie, a young Indigenous girl living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, wrote to the local police. In it she calls them out for their neglectful treatment of missing Indigenous women and explains how “if she goes missing” she would rather deny her proud identity so that they might actually try to find her. The author’s note provides more information about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn, Girls, and Two-Spirit People in Canada. To learn more, please look for the hashtag #MMIWG2S in social media or check out the website for the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women at csvanw.org.

Feb 05, 2021

A beautifully written and illustrated book. This is not like a standard graphic novel with panels. It is more like a picture book, but for adults. It takes the letter that Brianna Jonnie wrote to the Canadian government, to be more active in the missing and/or murdered Indigenous girls and women in Canada. I recommend that everyone take a look at this one. I came upon this book when I was looking for graphic novels for the reading prompt "read a graphic novel by a Native author" - Read Native Challenge 2021.

LPL_MaryW Nov 06, 2020

If I Go Missing is a graphic novel adaptation of the viral letter Brianna Jonnie wrote to the Winnipeg Chief of Police in 2016. Then fourteen, Brianna outlined her concerns around the treatment of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, afraid she herself might become another statistic if things didn't change, and referencing the REDress Project, which inspired the letter. This graphic novel sheds light on an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed, and it accomplishes this from a teen's perspective. I hope it will inspire teen readers to take action. I'm not a big fan of the art style, but maybe you will be!

Feb 19, 2020

This Graphic Novel is based on an actual letter written by an Indigenous teenage girl to the Manitoba Police. If I Go Missing is a chilling account of a young girl's very real fears. It is a very sad truth that missing Indigenous girls are often not even looked for by authorities, the community and/or the media for up to two weeks.

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