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Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Helen Betty Osborne, known as Betty to her closest friends and family, dreamed of becoming a teacher. She left her home to attend residential school and high school in a small town in Manitoba. On November 13, 1971, Betty was abducted and brutally murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her tragic murder resonates loudly today. Betty repres ...more
Paperback, 30 pages
Published April 27th 2015 by HighWater Press (an imprint of Portage & Main Press)
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Sasha Boersma
I heard about this book by reading a news story about it being removed from the book list for Alberta (Canada) students due to its graphic content (link below).

The book is simple, factual, and brilliant. Helen Betty is presented respectfully, especially considering how she died.

This book not only is very appropriate for high school students, it should be part of the grade 10/11 curriculum for ALL Canadian students as part of the reflection on MMIW and Truth and Reconciliation.
Rebecca McNutt
This short but important graphic novel was able to convey all the emotion, horror and eventual hope for other Canadian aboriginal women with its graphic illustrations. Since crimes similar to the crimes taken out on Betty continue to happen not just in Canada but all over the world, the story is sadly still relevant, but books like these bring attention to the problem so that it can at least be prevented in the future.
I’d never heard of Helen Betty Osborne, which is maybe as much about me as about white Canada. Her story has been made into a TV series and is likely well known to most Manitobans. Osborne was a young Cree woman from the confusingly-named Norway House reserve in Manitoba, who was brutally assaulted and murdered by four white men in The Pas, MB. Osborne was there to learn to be a teacher. Only one of the men was ever charged, and it took decades for that to happen. The story is heartbreaking and ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is an issue that has affected 1,200 women across Canada. Helen Betty Osbourne’s story is horrific, tragic, piercingly haunting and remains an ongoing dark chapter in Canada’s history.

This book is short but that’s alright. David Alexander Robertson and Scott B Henderson have again teamed up to expertly write and illustrate a powerful story. Highwater Press is a recommended publisher for indigenous graphic novels.

I picked this up at an indige
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am officially a fan of David Alexander Robertson and Scott B Henderson's graphic novels. I have read Sugar Falls, 7 Generations and The Outside Circle which led me to tracking this book down. This heartbreaking story may help people understand the horror of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. My kids will definitely read this. These graphic novels have been very helpful in discussing serious issues with my kids in an educational way. Seriously, if you want to have discussions about Indigeno ...more
Nathan Frechette
This was short, but very good. I only wish it would have been longer! I think this story deserved a closer examination, but the way it was framed in discussing the importance of sharing these stories was very well done.
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very powerful graphic novel that every Canadian should read. The author and illustrator did a wonderful job bringing awareness to the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A gut-wrenching story but one that's so important to tell.
Paul  Hankins
I purchased this book after finding the reference to Helen Betty Osborne in David Alexander Robertson's other graphic novel, SUGAR FALLS. In Betty, we get the backstory to the reference and an invitation to consider the disappearance of indigenous females in Canada. This is a shorter graphic novel that might ask the classroom teacher to consider the event and the presentation of the event before inclusion within the classroom library.
A difficult but compelling story highlighting the assault, rape, and murder of Helen Betty. She is one of the over 1,200 Indigenous/Native women who have gone missing and murdered. The story is set in 1971 and demonstrates how this alarming epidemic is not just a recent one.
Would have liked this graphic novel to be longer so I could learn more about the life of Helen Betty Osborne before her murder. Still though, a very important piece that would attract reluctant readers which is always great.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This resonated with me because Betty wanted to be a teacher. I love how this was framed within the context of an outsider looking into the #MMIW dialogue in social media. Especially potent reading just after Barbara Kentner's death.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a tragic story about a female named Betty. A story that has to be told. That people should not turn away from.
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I'm going to refrain from giving this a star-based rating because my main issue with it was that I prefer longer formats. For those who enjoy this format, it's likely very good.
Reading books on missing and murdered indigenous women for a book club at work. This was the easiest one to get into, but the story was still impactful. Taking place in the 1970s, it shows this is not a new issue, just getting new light.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sad story. Canadians need to know about this.
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Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A tragic true story that puts a face on all the missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada's sad history.
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David A. Robertson is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (Governor General's Literary Award winner, McNally Robinson Best Book For Young People winner, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist), Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award Graphic Novel Category), and the YA novel Strangers. David educates as well as entertains through his ...more