Invisible North: The Search For Answers On A Troubled...

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Author Shimo, Alexandra
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A vivid first-person account of life on a troubled reserve that illuminates a difficult and oft-ignored history.Globe and Mail 100: Best Books of 2016 • The Hill Times: Best Books of 2016 • 2017 RBC Taylor Prize — Longlisted • 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction — Shortlisted • 2016 Speaker's Book Award — ShortlistedWhen freelance journalist Alexandra Shimo arrives in Kashechewan, a fly-in, northern Ontario reserve, to investigate rumours of a fabricated water crisis and document its deplorable living conditions, she finds herself drawn into the troubles of the reserve. Unable to cope with the desperate conditions, she begins to fall apart.A moving tribute to the power of hope and resilience,Invisible Northis an intimate portrait of a place that pushes everyone to their limits. Part memoir, part history of the Canadian reserves, Shimo offers an expansive exploration and unorthodox take on many of the First Nation issues that dominate the news today, including the suicide crises, murdered and missing indigenous women and girls, Treaty rights, Native sovereignty, and deep poverty.

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Journalist Alexandra Shimo flew to the remote Northern Ontario reserve of Kashechewan, hoping to document its deplorable living conditions. Instead, she was faced with the dark side of Canadian history and the limits of her own mental stability.

Table of Contents
Author’s Note
Prologue
Introduction
Chapter 1 Moving North
Chapter 2 The Fourth World
Chapter 3 Meeting the Chief
Chapter 4 A Lead at the Garbage Dump
Chapter 5 Welfare
Chapter 6 Rumours
Chapter 7 Teaching the Children
Chapter 8 The Double Standard
Chapter 9 Comparisons
Chapter 10 When the Waters Rush In
Chapter 11 A Call for Help
Chapter 12 Moral Injury
Chapter 13 The Crisis
Chapter 14 Where Next?
Getting Involved
Timeline of the 2005 E. coli Water Crisis
Notes
Acknowledgements