Graphic Novels

Three Feathers

A Graphic Novel
by Richard Van Camp | Illustrated by K. Mateus

Grade: for grades 9–12
SKU: 978-1-55379-536-0 Categories: , ,


Three young men—Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert—have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But, when they do return, will they be forgiven for what they’ve done?

Three Feathers explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations.

Three Feathers is one title in The Debwe Series. Created in the spirit of the Anishinaabe concept debwe (to speak the truth), The Debwe Series is a collection of exceptional Indigenous writings from across Canada.

Selected for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens, 2015

Approved resource for Manitoba classrooms

Three Feathers is available as an eBook in ePUB and PDF formats. Select a format using the drop-down menu to the left and checkout as usual. You will be sent an email with instructions to download the file.

[Three Feathers] is a narrative that is very empowering to share with youth, especially youth who live in communities that face a lot of challenges… [It shows how] youth have the potential to be powerful agents of change and can make a difference in their communities in the present moment, and I think we need to communicate that to them more often.
—Twinkles Happy Place Blog

This book presents some of the harsh realities faced by Canada’s Aboriginal communities… [It has] merits in exploring these issues through the medium of the graphic novel.
—CM Association

Van Camp, unsurprisingly, never stoops to caricature. His characters are emotionally complex, possessed of agency and sympathetically rendered… I don’t want to give away the ending. I will say, however, that I was surprised by it.
—Ad Astra Comix

Van Camp and Mateus make another outstanding team of storyteller and illustrator. [Three Feathers] is strong and provocative
—My Book Abyss

[Three Feathers] speak[s] to the power and grace of restorative justice in First Nations communities.
—Gabriola Arts Council



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