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Comics to Attawapiskat

Timmins' Jump City sends comics to Our Man in Attawapiskat -- Barry Koostachin

By Frank Giorno

The first weekend in May is Free Comic Book Day in Canada. Walk into participating comic stores and pick up a free comic book. Not so easy if you leave in Attawapiskat, but with the help of Canada Post four comic books were mailed to our man in Attawapiskat — Barry Koostachin.

Koostachin received the comic books on Friday May 11 and has been assigned the task of reading them and providing feedback on the comics he received and how better to get  First Nations who are not connected by all season roads better involved.

Stay tuned for Barry Koostachin’s story which will follow in a couple of days.

Kitty Montigny, holds the big manila envelope containing four free comic books sent to Barry Koostachin in Attawapiskat. Montigny and her sister Jules Sheldon are the co-owner of Timmins’ Jump City now located in the 101 Mall. Frank Giorno for The ONE

While the mailing of the four comic books to Barry was a last minute idea, better involving remote communities in Free Comic Book Day is our goal as a new feature for 2019 Free Comic Bock Day in Canada. That would be awesome. Stay tuned.

Barry Koostachin, writer from Attawapiskat, Ontario. Photo by Barry Koostachin.


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Frank Giorno

Frank Giorno Frank Giorno lives in Timmins, Ontario. He is a graduate of York University (Honors B.A Political Science) and Ryerson School of Journalism (B.A. Journalism). Frank has worked as a city hall reporter for the Brandon Sun; freelanced for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the past editor of and the newsletter of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Frank has also worked as Research Director for the Canadian Environmental Law Association; Senior Communications Advisor on Water Quality Issues for the Ministry of the Environment; Public Affairs Associate for Region of Peel Public Works; and Media Relations Officer for Toronto Public Health. In Timmins, he served as the Communications Manager for Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre/Five Nations Energy Project on Energy Conservation. He freelanced for Frank is a published author of essays on the internment of Italian-Canadians during World War 2, “Internee 328: Camp Petawawa” co-written with James McCreath appears in “Beyond Barbed Wire” (Guernica Editions 2012). He has published four books of poetry, My Nation is a Train...Wreck (2017, Northern Voices Publications), MoPoPoMo (2016, Northern Voices Publications), “Elvis in America,” and “Arrivederci! Plastic Covered Couch ( 2006, 2008 Lyricalmyrical Press)”.

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