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Northwest Resistance

(A Girl Called Echo #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  44 reviews
The third graphic novel in the A Girl Called Echo series, Northwest Resistance follows Echo Desjardins and her travels through time. Going back to 1884, Echo finds herself in the thick of a new Métis resistance led by leader Louis Riel, who has returned from exile to resist encroaching forces from the East and to ensure his people’s rights are honoured. For Echo, the exper ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by HighWater Press (first published February 24th 2020)
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Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AHHHHHH the art is so lovely, and Echo keeps breaking my heart

I am thankful there was a timeline at the end because my dumbass couldn't tell what was going on at times 😅

Need the next part noooow

Content warning: war, gun violence, anti-indigenous racism (implied)
Dave Schaafsma
The third in a YA First Nation Canadian series by Katherena Vermette, this one focused on the nineteenth century Métis resistance led by leader Louis Riel. Some of the story is told through an activist history teacher, and part of it occurs as a girl called Echo actually goes back in time to "be there" during the events of that time, something that heppens in all three books. One issue here at question is whether resistance should ever engage in violence, an issue that is anguishing for Echo, as ...more
Rod Brown
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
The history gets more than a little vague this time around as Louis Riel heads up a second resistance movement fifteen years after the events recounted last volume. A timeline in the back helps fill in the holes, but I'd rather the story had provided more of the details.

In the present day, Echo's foster care may be coming to an end as her mother is nearing the time when she can return home. And she is also able to shed some light on Echo's time dislocations.

I thought this might be the final volu
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loving this series! So excited for the 4th to come out next spring! 🤗
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This may be my favourite so far in the series, I see real character development in Echo as we are let in to see more of her relationship with her mom and her family dynamic.
As a 30ish year old woman, who is not from Manitoba, this helps me understand the history of this province far better than any text book could. I will be encouraging all my middle/high school teacher friends to get this series for their classrooms and libraries.
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The third volume in the "A Girl Called Echo" series, this time readers (and Echo) are taken back in time to 1884-85. Following the Red River Resistance efforts that ultimately ended with the Canadian government making Metis land part of Canada, the Metis fled to and made their home in the North-West territory. However, more and more settlers are arriving and the buffalo are disappearing. The Metis are ready to once a
Cody Deserranno
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this title!

Northwest Resistance is the third volume of the A Girl Named Echo graphic novel series, and like the first two volumes, is quite good. The story once again follows the titular Echo as she is transported mysteriously to the relevant time periods significant to Metis history. In this case the 1885 resistance.
Plot: Echo encounters Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont at the outset and throughout the conflict, dropping in periodically such as at the
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent addition to the series that brings history to life. As with previous books, Echo finds herself transported back in time to important events in Métis history. Manitoban social studies teachers will especially appreciate how they could use this graphic novel to teach about important historical figures, including Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel. Henderson's artwork continues to perfectly illustrate Vermette's historical narrative. (Special thanks to Highwater Press, who provided me with an ...more
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Echo's time travelling now takes her to the year 1885 and into Saskatchewan. Echo watches and learns more about the events around the Battle of Batoche and everything that happened there. In the present, things are changing with her home situation, with her mother coming back to live with them.

I visited Batoche the summer I was 17, so that was a cool connection I had to this story. One of the things I like about these books is how devastated Echo is after each battle she witnesses. When you are
K Love
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent series, and I hope to do a book study around this.
Selina Young
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series is really building!! The artwork is stunning and emotions conveyed very well. You get a sense of what happened during the resistance and how that is connected to current day.
Laura Tenfingers
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1800-modern-age
Interesting, informative and amazing graphics. I'm not really sure what's going on with Echo though. I guess we'll find out. ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want the entire series please k thanx
Sam - Spines in a Line
Loved how things were tied together here and looking forward to the next release!
Alicia Adams
I have enjoyed the Girl Called Echo series. It follows Echo, who is Metis, as she time travels back and forth from the present day to the time of the Metis resistance. It reminds me of Kindred by Octavia Butler.
My biggest issue with the series is that the volumes are so short. It would be easier to follow if the author made each volume longer and spent more time with Echo in the present day. The author should also slow down the plot when she travels back in time. It's difficult to keep track of
Jinghay (these.blank.pages)
[I was sent a copy of this comic on Netgalley in return for an honest review.]

'Northwest Resistance' is the third volume in the graphic novel series, 'A Girl called Echo'. It follows the main character (Echo) as she explores her heritage and the history behind The Settlers and the Canadian government.

Despite being only a short read, the comic is extremely well written and presents the story in both a captivating and interesting manner. We explore the history directly alongside the main character
2020 Review:

Katherena Vermette is an author I always enjoy, and A Girl Called Echo is just such a truly wonderful series. Getting to learn alongside Echo, both in her everyday life and in her time travel Metis history adventures, is moving, entertaining, and enlightening. Henderson's art and Yaciuk's colours really help bring it all together. I loved the new family history she got at the end the end of the story. The information included at the back was as interesting and informative as ever.

Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gn, netgalley-done
A visual aid during the time of the Northwest Resistance. Again the story is intertwined with Echo in modern time which is unnecessary in my opinion. Present the history in a linear story without jumping irrelevant timelines.

The last few pages are worthwhile for educators and students with a essential information in wonderful formats for studying and review: a detailed timeline, a map of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, and a brief bio of Gabriel Dumont.
Cheriee Weichel
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It was released February 25th 2020 by HighWater Press.

To see images please go to my original blog post at

The A Girl Called Echo series deals with the history of the Metis in Canada and life for one young Metis girl today. What strikes me as most important about this book and this series, is how it educates us about the roots and history of racism and violence against indigenous peoples.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a Canadian teacher, I find the ‘A Girl Called Echo’ series particularly relevant for the classroom. This is the 3rd installment in a series about Echo Dejardins, a Métis youth living in the present day. Each book tackles a different aspect of Métis history (a subject that is often missing from many historical perspectives). Echo travels back in time to visit the time period each event occurred so the books jump back and forth between present and past.

This particular book focuses on The Northw
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, net-galley
*I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review*

This graphic novel is the third in the "A Girl Called Echo" series about a girl (named Echo) living in modern day Manitoba who travels back in time to the age of Louis Riel and the Metis resistance. These stories are quite short, bu they do a good job of sharing important facts about a time period in Canadian history that my schooling just glimpsed over. I really enjoy the imagery throughout the book and it is a very easy read th
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glad I read this series, the personal and the political are intertwined in a format which is both engaging and educational. I really like how the last phrase of the story is "To be continued..."

The topic deserves further study in order to fully understand what Canada took from Indigenous people; why they took it, and what is meant by "Canada" when assigning responsibility. And also the series doesn't elaborate on how we ought to understand the significance of the land question, which means it o
This is a really emotional volume for Echo, as for the first time she is trying to alter history through her timetravelling dreams and dealing with the devastation of being unable to do so. There are also some interesting developments in terms of her connection to the history of her people, the Metís. The lack of clarity around her familial relationships is still frustrating to me, and that is still distracting me from other aspects of the story that I should be focusing on, but I'll probably pi ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Educational, action-oriented, and ancestral historical fiction involving Louis Riel and the Metis and First Nations people...along with a young back-and-forth through time 13 year old Metis girl. She's experiencing the strength and pain of her current and ancestral relatives. The graphic novel format for this story is geared toward teen readership, as both educational and to show the real life righteous struggles of the Metis and First Nations people in Canada. A worthy goal and an excellent sto ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This comic is a wonderful way to teach parts of history many people might have forgotten. To who that Canadain Indigenous people went through many of the same things that happen in America. It shows the history in a way that would be easy for a younger audience to understand, along with keeping their interest. Though many places seemed very information drop, overall it is an amazing graphic novel.
Brooklyn Cribdon (The Wild Library)
Man, these graphic novels do amazing work in such a short amount of space. I appreciate how there is so much to learn in this series, and yet it is done through an engaging story. I'd really like to get to know more about Echo as the series develops, but even now I feel like the authors do a remarkable job in telling Echo's personal story alongside the story of her ancestors. I also can't get over the illustrations- they're hauntingly beautiful. ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series!! The art is stunning and instantly transports you into Echo's world. The story is moving and beautifully written. And that ending...I definitely teared up a little bit. I was so happy to see the "to be continued" at the end, and I'm so excited to see where this series is going next! ...more
Erin Nigh
For this one especially I feel like the timeline at the back was necessary to understand what was really going on its pages, so I would have liked more description in the comic itself, but I’m glad the series is continuing on and can be used as a starting point to learn more on these important moments in Canadian history.
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This didn't impact my review at all, I understand artistic license etc and it has zero impact on the plot or the art but the church at Batoche is oriented the wrong way relative to the river and cemetery in some of the aerial-view pictures. ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More to come closer to the release date of the third book in this outstanding series.
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Katherena Vermette is a Canadian writer, who won the Governor General's Award for English-language poetry in 2013 for her collection North End Love Songs. Vermette is of Metis descent and from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was a MFA student in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Her children's picture book series The Seven Teachings Stories was published by Portage and Main Press in 2

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A Girl Called Echo (4 books)
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