The Bear's Den - The Outside Circle Released in Bookstores

April 23, 2015

The Outside Circle, a graphic novel about the transformational healing power of NCSA's In Search of Your Warrior Program is now in bookstores across Canada and is currently ranked 9th in Canada for Canadian Fiction sales.

The first novel by NCSA’s own Dr. Patti LaBoucane-Benson, The Outside Circle is set in the Stan Daniels Healing Centre and is a story about the colonization of Canada, violent Aboriginal men, and the healing power of Elders and Ceremony. Buy it at your local book store or order it online at Indigo Chapters

Watch The Outside Circle on the May 8, 2015 Edition of Canada AM

Read CBC.ca’s story on the graphic novel

Illustrated by Kelly Mellings of Pulp Studios

Kelly Mellings, along with his business partner Corey Lansdell, received NCSA’s prestigious Community Service Award in 2014. Read Kelly’s interview with Applied Arts Magazine about his experience drawing such a powerful story.

Publisher House of Anansi Press Writes:

In this important graphic novel, two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives.

Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict. One night, Pete and his mother’s boyfriend, Dennis, get into a big fight, which sends Dennis to the morgue and Pete to jail. Initially, Pete keeps up ties to his crew, until a jail brawl forces him to realize the negative influence he has become on Joey, which encourages him to begin a process of rehabilitation that includes traditional Aboriginal healing circles and ceremonies.

Powerful, courageous, and deeply moving, The Outside Circle is drawn from the author’s twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of gang-affiliated or incarcerated Aboriginal men.

To order The Outside Circle visit your local Chapters or order online

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