HILL, Gord

Author Tags: Aboriginal Authors, Art

A member of the Kwakwaka'wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of "British Columbia," Gord Hill has connected the historical dots for a comic book overview of indigenous people fighting against genocide and exploitation in The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book (Arsenal Pulp $12.95).

From Columbus to the Zapatistas, he depicts the 1680 Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico; the Inca insurgency in Peru from the 1500s to the 1780s; Pontiac and the 1763 Rebellion & Royal Proclamation; Geronimo and the 1860s Seminole Wars; Crazy Horse and the 1877 War on the Plains; the rise of the American Indian Movement in the 1960s; 1973’s Wounded Knee; the Mohawk Oka Crisis in Quebec in 1990; and the 1995 Aazhoodena/Stoney Point resistance. The plain language and b&w comic illustrations are introduced by Ward Churchill, co-director of the American Indian Movement [AIM] in Colorado.

His follow-up graphic novel called The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book,
From the WTO to the G20 portrays anti-capitalist and anti-globalization movements around the world, from the 1999 "Battle of Seattle" against the World Trade Organization to the Toronto G20 summit in 2010.

Hill is also descended from Scottish and Tlingit great-grandparents. Since 1990, Hill has been involved in the Indigenous people's movement, including solidarity with the 1990 Oka Crisis, the 1992 500 Years of Resistance campaign, solidarity with the 1994 New Year's Zapatista Uprising, the 1995 Gustafsen Lake and Ipperwash standoffs, the Native Youth Movement (including the 1997-98 occupations of the BC Treaty Commission offices), the 1999 anti-WTO protests, the Cheam fisheries dispute (1999), the 2001 Summit of the Americas riots, the Skwelkwek'welt campaign (Sun Peaks, 2003-06), and most recently the anti-2010 Olympics campaign.

Hill lives in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside where he considers himself to be, first and foremost, a warrior.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book.

PHOTO: First Nations protestor Gord Hill was apprehended by the police at the Olympic Countdown Clock in 2007 for demonstrating against the 2010 Winter Olympics


The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book (Arsenal Pulp 2010; 3rd printing Arsenal 2014) $12.95.

The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book
From the WTO to the G20 (Arsenal Pulp 2012) $12.95. 9781551524443

[BCBW 2012]