Invisible North

Invisible North

The Search for Answers on A Troubled Reserve

Book - 2016
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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 -- Shortlisted When 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 North is 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781459722927
Branch Call Number: 305.89707131 Shi
Characteristics: 174 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jul 03, 2017

Very poorly written. More diary than journalism. An exceptionally immature, irresponsible, inexperienced, naive and incompetent "journalist." What do I mean? She goes to a reserve with an acute housing problem and has no accommodation plan; she knows the reserve is dry and takes booze in her luggage with her; she knows the unemployment rate is 90%, but decides to look for a job there; and she know single adults may not invite children into their homes unaccompanied, but does it anyway, etc.

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