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Resilience is the third colouring book made up of works by Anishnaabe artist Jackie Traverse. As with her previous highly successful colouring books, Sacred Feminine and IKWE, this new book contains both drawings and paintings by Jackie. Resilience honours the Indigenous Peoples who were colonized by and endured the violence of Canada’s child stealing systems — residential schools, the Sixties Scoop and child “welfare.” Some Indigenous people survived those systems; tragically, some did not. Jackie and her art pay tribute to and celebrate the resilience of Indigenous Peoples as they rebuild their communities and lives. Grassroots grandmother Geraldine (Gramma) Shingoose provides a foreword.
“It is with great pride that I write this piece for Jackie’s next book. Her colouring books have had great meaning in my role as a Kokum to my grandgirl as we have been able to do this beautiful work together. I grew up learning beadwork and sewing from my grandmothers, who did not speak English, who did not grow up in Residential Schools, and they gave the best of themselves to me. This is what Jackie does for everyone who finds her work. She gives the best of herself, her culture, her gifts. Jackie is a fierce protector of culture and a generous, grand teacher. Her works are gifted to us through her books, her paintings in exhibits, her gifts of skateboards to young people, her live painting auctions for fundraising for the MMIWG2S and education scholarships for Indigenous youth, and in her amazing pieces for the public such as the Coca-Cola Olympics campaign and her project at the Red River College for the Innovation Centre. I have gifted her artwork to friends and family as she captures traditional teachings in her works and the gifting feels like a fine, delicate transfer of energy — of joy, caring, love, pride. I hope that is true for all who find this book by Jackie Traverse. The gift. I say Kichi miigwetch, a big thank you to Jackie Traverse for sharing with all of us.”
— Tina Keeper
“Jackie Traverse is a beautiful Indigenous woman artist, leader and friend. Through her advocacy, activism and art, she inspires, supports and contributes so much to so many. I, among countless others, value and appreciate Jackie’s continued contributions. I look forward to copies of this book joining her earlier works, as well as the many pieces of art that I have the privilege of displaying in my office and home.”
— Kim Pate