If I Go Missing

If I Go Missing (7-12)

Text by Brianna Jonnie with Nahanni Shingoose

Art by Nshannacappo

Published in 2019 by Lorimer

 

In 2016, 14-year-old Brianna Jonnie wrote an open letter to the Winnipeg Chief of Police to highlight investigation inconsistencies between missing Indigenous people, especially Indigenous girls and women, and non-Indigenous people. This letter went viral and excerpts from it have become the basis for If I Go Missing.

This graphic novel opens with the words from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, challenges many Indigenous stereotypes, and draws attention to the fact that Jonnie as a young Indigenous woman is much more likely than her peers to be murdered or experience sexual violence. In Jonnie’s words, “Asking for the public’s help days or weeks after an Indigenous girl goes missing is equivalent to announcing publicly that her life does not matter, or at least, not as much as others.”

The book’s end notes include the original text of the letter and suggested resources to learn more about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry. If I Go Missing and Jonnie’s letter have been developed into a documentary.

 

Introducing the Authors and Illustrator:

Read the bios of the authors and illustrator here.

 

Learning More About the Book:

Read these reviews of If I Go Missing:

CBC Books

Canadian Review of Materials

Read these articles about Brianna Jonnie’s letter and how it evolved into If I Go Missing:

APTN National News

Winnipeg Free Press

Global News

 

Read this article about the documentary based on Jonnie’s letter and book and watch the trailer here.

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