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Niigaan Sinclair

Writer, Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba, Columnist at the Winnipeg Free Press, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg Canada

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine‘s “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” and he won the 2018 Canadian columnist of the year at the National Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press. He is also an award-winning graphic novelist who will speak about Indigenous representation in comic books from past to present and what Indigenous graphic novelists like himself try to do to both re-present and redress Indigenous "heroes."

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How I Grew to Love and Make Indigenous Graphic Novels (and How I Became a Superhero)

@ VOL 39 ON SEP 05, 2019

Niigaan Sinclair is an Anishinaabe professor, writer, and activist who loves graphic novels. However, growing up, he noticed a lack of heroes that looked like him, and any mention of Indigenous people in comics are more often than not base caricatures or stereotypes. In this enligtening PechaKucha 20x20 talk, Niigaan tells us how Indigenous culture and graphic novels are connected, what he did to help counter the negative representation of Indigenous people in graphic novels, and how he himself became a hero.

Niigaan's talk was recorded live at PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 39, on September 5, 2019, at the Park Theatre. 

For more information on PKN Winnipeg, follow us on Twitter (@pkn_winnipeg), Instagram (@pkn_winnipeg), or Facebook ( PKN Winnipeg is presented by the Manitoba Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada.

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Winnipeg @ The Park Theater and Movie Cafe
Sep 05, 2019