7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga

by David Alexander Robertson & Scott B. Henderson


This graphic novel was originally in four parts. It follows one Cree family throughout history in different periods: a young Cree warrior, the smallpox epidemic of 1870, residential schools, and their overall familial legacy. A book trailer is included in the following link:

Resource format: Graphic Novel

Age recommendation: Grades 7-12

Keywords: graphic novel, Cree family, warrior, smallpox epidemic, residential schools, family legacy, Plains Cree, history, historical trauma, intergenerational

Year of publication: 2012

Publisher information: Highwater Press


Teaching and Learning Ideas

Our team collaborated with new teachers, alumni of the Werklund School of Education’s Bachelor of Education program, to create teaching and learning plans for texts in this website. With audiences ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to Post-Secondary, lesson plans across this resource address a wide range of school subject areas, inclusive approaches, and Indigenous education topics, such as the revitalization of Indigenous languages. As this website was designed with Undergraduate Programs in Education instructors, as well as teachers in mind, connections to UPE courses have been flagged on each lesson plan. These lessons are intended as a starting place for educators, to help you envision ways in which you might bring Indigenous literatures, as well as ways of knowing, being, and doing, into your teaching contexts. Please adapt, use, and share these lessons in ways that are generative for your teaching practice. We offer our sincere thanks to the dozens of new teachers who gifted us with these creative ideas!

7 Generations Grades 9-12 Book Backgrounder