Comic Book

Kw’í:ts’téleq

The first volume of Kw’í:tsel, created by SXTA Outreach and the youth group X-SYTE, came out in 2012. Since then, we’ve learned that when a person is named for an animal an ending must be added to the Halq’eméylem word. Kw’í:ts’téleq begins where the original story left off. . .

Follow our hero as he escapes residential school and goes on a journey to learn from the ancestors about ways our communities can work together.

Volume 3, Issue 1 & 2

Kw’í:ts’téleq is back for Volume 3!

SPECIAL FOLD OUT DOUBLE ISSUE:

In previous issues: A boy named Michael ran away from residential school and discovered that not only could he transform into a Grizzly, but he is named Kw’í:ts’téleq, after the bear. He and his father travelled the territory and gathered with those who are working to take back their rightful place on the land. In the last issue of Vol. 2, the people went to vote on the Shxwelméxwelh (Constitution/ Governance system) and now Kw’í:ts’téleq dreams while his father and Shxwewi:lem (Cougar) discuss his DESTINY!

Story: Jazmine Horne and SXG Team

Artist: Melissa Kendzierski

Production coordinator: Heather Ramsay

Distributed in June 2022

Volume 2, Issue 4 & 5

Working Together

SPECIAL FOLD OUT DOUBLE ISSUE: After listening to the ancestors at I:yem, Kw’í:ts’téleq learns that six Stó:lō communities are working together on a plan to gain control over their own lives. They want to build a governance system and create their own laws on their territory. The eagle brings the draft Constitution to YOU for a vote on Nov. 4-14, 2020.

Story: Jazmine Horne and Theresa Warbus

Artist: Melissa Kendzierski

Production coordinator: Heather Ramsay

Distributed in November 2020

Volume 2, Issue 3

The Long Journey

Kw’í:ts’téleq discovers that his home is not the inside of a residential school, but a vast area of trees and rivers. He and his father travel through the territory and he learns about the deep connections his people have to the land.

Story: Jazmine Horne and Theresa Warbus

Artist: Melissa Kendzierski

Production coordinator: Heather Ramsay

Distributed in October 2020

Volume 2, Issue 2

Transformation

The bear tells the boy, who thinks his name is Michael Phillips, that his name is really Kw’í:ts’téleq, (Grizzly Bear).

Story: Jazmine Horne and Theresa Warbus

Artist: Melissa Kendzierski

Production coordinator: Heather Ramsay

Distributed August 2020

Volume 2, Issue 1

The Escape

A boy runs away from residential school and stops to rest.

Story: Jazmine Horne and Theresa Warbus

Artist: Melissa Kendzierski

Production coordinator: Heather Ramsay

Distributed in May 2020

Volume One 

Kw’í:tsel’s story begins with the creation of S’olh Temexw, our world…
Artist: Ovi Spinu
Ink, Colour and Layout: Ronnie Dean Harris
Story: Theresa Point, Joy Hall and X-Syte

Produced 2012

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