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Comic book project

Watch the video "Life As You Don't Know It" below:

The Stardale Women’s Group has in Alberta and Saskatchewan studied, and facilitated solutions to, violence in the lives of Aboriginal girls. The issues have been analysed and presented from three perspectives. One perspective was a carefully designed and illustrated comic book.

Stardale had observed an increase in Aboriginal girl gang development in the prairies. The recorded age group for girl gang involvement is between ages 11 to 17 years. Through Stardale’s work in this area we have noted that there are not enough established resources for service providers to implement re: the early intervention and prevention of girls joining gangs. The common denominator for this problem, as it relates to Aboriginal girl gangs will be to propose a comprehensive framework for interventions, that addresses both the root causes and the web of enabling factors that contribute to violence and abuse in Aboriginal communities. One of the three intervention resource tools is a comic book, which was designed by 13 female Aboriginal inmates at a prairie young offender’s centre.

The comic book contains seven recommendations for us to examine when working with female youth.

  1. Parenting: Support for the parent out there reach the parents to come
  2. Stability: good Foster homes – permanent. No uprooting every week, day, month. Consistent support – mentor that guides
  3. Reducing: sexual and physical abuse. Eliminate
  4. Recognizing: That we have dreams. We are not just bad kids. We love.
  5. Build: Our self-esteem, our confidence
  6. Education: Relevant. More social interaction
  7. Understanding: Physical and mental limitations. FASD, personality disorders, DID, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress and trauma.

The purpose of the comic book is a resource tool with diverse applications.

Community Mobilization – engagement with Aboriginal groups/communities mobilizing local residents, youth, community groups, and agencies through workshops that deliver the Stardale resource tools. These workshops could strategize action plans, design new opportunities or connections to existing organizations for gang involved and at –risk youth development.

Organizational Change and Development – facilitating organizational change and development to help community agencies better address gang problems through a team "problem-solving" approach.

Cover of the comic book: 'Life As You Don't Know It'

An image of the book's Introduction

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Designed by Copian in collaboration with Stardale Women's Group Inc. Foundation