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Speaking Our Truths, Building Our Strengths

Shaping Indigenous Girlhood Studies

Kirsten Lindquist, Kari-dawn Wuttunee, and Sarah Flicker

beginning of our collaboration we sought to create and expand the possibilities of scholarship by and on Indigenous girls. In our call for papers we said that we were interested in work that takes a strengths-based approach to thinking about the lives of

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“Loving and Cruel, All at the Same Time”

Girlhood Identity in The Craft

Emily Chandler

banding together, their strength once they form a group, and Sarah’s vulnerability following her exile, The Craft gives dimension to this fear. This is arguably where a key relevance of the film for girl audiences lies: The Craft is literally a horror

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Sexy Health Carnival

One Small Part of Indigenous Herstory

Alexa Lesperance

could be better equipped to deal with these kinds of things. I also wanted to make sure that we were celebrating our strengths, and learning about sexual health (relationships, birth control, family planning, and self-pleasure, for example) in fun

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Renée Monchalin and Lisa Monchalin

sacredness and powerfulness that we hold. These are in our ancestral teachings. Our life-giving ability is a reminder of this strength for we have the ability to carry two heartbeats. We have a boundless relationship to the water, and we carry the Earth

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Claudia Mitchell

editorial team that includes two young Indigenous women, Kirsten and Kari-dawn, who are both members of the National Indigenous Young Women’s Council (NIYWC) and, as such, it draws on the strength of an organization of young Indigenous women. Second, it

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Consuming Katniss

Spectacle and Spectatorship in The Hunger Games

Samantha Poulos

understand her authenticity as her strength, the films offer an array of cinematic techniques to make this point. In the first book and the first film, as the authors point out, before going into the Games Katniss must participate in public showings in the

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Fatima Khan, Claudia Mitchell, and Marni Sommer

, experiences, and challenges. Jackie went on to do important work on healing classrooms with Rebecca Winthrop and other IRC colleagues. She called for us to focus on teacher development and support, based on who teachers are, including their strengths and

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More Than Just a Simple Refrain?

The Figure of the Girl in International Cinema

Elspeth Mitchell

femininity in relation to younger and older women. One of the strengths of the collection is the articulation of a variety of views that foreground the impossibility of a universal girl figure being represented on screen. For example, surface level readings

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Reframing Disability through Graphic Novels for Girls

Alternative Bodies in Cece Bell’s El Deafo

Wendy Smith-D’Arezzo and Janine Holc

to achieve a goal, or helps a community understand itself or become more tolerant. Media (now social media) stories of ill or disabled children exhibiting great strength or endurance are pervasive; they are defined first by their impairment, and then

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Veronika Novoselova

strength. Historically, theories of child development imagined children as imperfect, incomplete beings-in-the-making or, as Jens Qvortrup suggested, as “human becomings” (1994: 4) juxtaposed against supposedly rational and independent adults. Childhood