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UNBeknownst Episode 18: Brandon Mitchell on creating comic books and teaching youth through visually telling Mi’kmaq stories 

Author: UNB Alumni

Posted on May 26, 2022

Category: Podcast

Brandon Mitchell (BIS’16, MEd’18) is a Mi'kmaq graphic artist, published writer and entrepreneur from Listuguj, Quebec, now residing in Fredericton. A two-time graduate of UNB, with a bachelor's in multimedia and art culture and a master's in education, adult and continuing education, he is the founder of Birch Bark Comics and creator of the Sacred Circles comic series. His work includes a series of illustrated books that fuse contemporary graphic novel artistic approaches with traditional Mi’kmaq stories and language. Brandon feels that comic books and graphic novels are a path to better teach Indigenous youth about their culture, rather than from a textbook. 

In this episode: 

  • How Brandon realized he could write and how he got into graphic novels 
  • His initial experience teaching Indigenous youth in his home community, and how it inspired creating Mi’kmaq graphic art stories 
  • The challenge of starting and growing an Indigenous business, and in being both an entrepreneur and a creative 
  • Growing a publishing career 
  • Why Brandon feels incorporating the Mi’kmaq language into storytelling is a better way to expose young readers to culture and pride  

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Thanks to: 

Ouralumni host, Ian Smith 

Music by alumni artist,Beats of Burden 

Our alumniAffinity Partners, TD Insurance, Manulife, and MBNA Mastercard  

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