Invisible North

Invisible North

The Search for Answers on A Troubled Reserve

eBook - 2016
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In 2005, a crisis long brewing in the northern reserve town of Kashechewan exploded onto the national stage. Much like the one that would rage in Attawpiskat in 2012, the crisis in "Kash" combined overcrowding, toxic mould, substandard infrastructure, and desperate poverty.

When journalist Alexandra Shimo arrived in Kashechewan in 2010, nothing could have prepared her for the despair, squalour, and inequality that scarred the struggling northern community. Fire and Water is her account of life on this economically depressed reserve. It is a powerful case study of the failings of the Canadian government, and the wider community, to recognize the unique challenges and needs of individuals living on reservations.
Alexandra Shimo's firsthand report from the northern community of Kashechewan reveals the reality of life in an economically depressed First Nation, and the systematic failures of the Canadian government to address the underlying problems.

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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.
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
ISBN: 9781459722941
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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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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