Nord invisible



A Vivid First Person Account Of Life On A Troubled Reserve That Illuminates A Difficult And Oft Ignored History.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, First Nations Sovereignty, And Deep Poverty.Nord invisible

Alexandra Shimo studied at Oxford Politics, Philosophy and Economics and did a Master s in journalism at Columbia before she went to work as a producer for the CBC and an editor at Maclean s An award winning journalist, she lives in Toronto.

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  • 07 February 2018

10 thoughts on “Nord invisible

  1. says:

    Right now there is a debate about books in Canada, called Canada Reads The theme this year and has been in different variations of the same theme in the last few years is What is the One Book Canada Should Read Now Invisible North is not in the running this year, and it s a shame This is definitely one book every Canadian should read now Conceivably, this book is short enough to be read in one sitting But I was unable to do that I had to put it down after each chapter in order to 1 calm down because I would become so enraged at what I was reading, and 2 to absorb how absolutely disgusting, devastating and horrible life on a reserve is I have pretty close to every single page marked off with yellow sticky notes, some pages have 3 or 4 on the same page It s devastating It seems too coy to just apply sticky notes to a page in a book It s disgusting how the regulations or laws or whatever it is that the federal and provincial governments conduct themselves with the Indigenous population and is so ass backward it s appalling Canada and Canadians have a lot of work to do to resolve this incredibly important issue and it needs to be heard far and wide Alexandra Shimo only spent a few months on the reserve and came away with PTSD, severe mental and physical health problems, a growing dependency on drug use in order to cope b...

  2. says:

    Bravo Alexandra Shimo for your profoundly personal, painful and powerful insights you shared in this book of a trip to the Kashechewan reserve in Northern Ontario to uncover the truth behind a water crisis What the author found, in addition to an interesting water crisis story, were deplorable living conditions, staggering poverty, a cycle of defeat and a close up view of the inequities forced on Canadian First Nations peoples forced to endure the daily humiliations legislated by the Indian Act This book is powerful education on the realities of life in Northern Reserves and the no win situation they find themselves in when trying to deal with poverty, addiction issues, suicides and mental health issues, discrimination and family violence The Band Council tried they went to extraordinary lengths to call national attention to their plight But all it received in response was lip service to the intent of various treaties and then silence Want to open a greenhouse The ministry doesn t have money Want to operate a seasonal business so you can feed your family in a place where grapes cost 14 a bundle, but your welfare cheque is 342 Nope You re a bad investment risk because there also isn t ...

  3. says:

    One of the most eye opening books I ve ever read.This book is part of my Truth and Reconciliation reading, and I picked it up one evening because I figured a memoir would be relatively easy bedtime reading, in terms of language if not content That assessment turned out to be correct it s a short book written in a very readable style, blending an account of Shimo s months on a northern Ontario reserve with background about the history of the reserves and the treatment of Indigenous people by the Canadian government The copyediting sometimes leaves something to be desired, but I can forgive that because the content is so powerful.I was constantly shocked by some new revelation about how the government s actions There s just so much disturbing policy that led to the terrible living conditions of Indigenous Canadians on reserves Until the very recent past, people living on reserves weren t even allowed to visit other reserves without permission from the government of Canada They weren t aren ...

  4. says:

    I am asked to write an extensive review A summary will appear here later Overall, an important, depressing, challenging read on the ongoing devastating conditions in northern remote First Nations reserves Hope is always just over the horizon, promises are made and change can t come soon enough.

  5. says:

    Every country has its dirty little secrets and Invisible North tells of Canada s modern day mistreatment and neglect of the native Indians in Kashechewan First Nation Source material comes from the author s personal experience on the reservation and from research The subject matter is very bleak but I would recommend this book or something similar to raise awareness that human rights abuses still exist in countries with strong reputations for progressive human rights policies This book is a good choice because it s relatively short and the author s style is straightforward and uncomplicated I particularly liked the section at the end of the book where the author offered suggestions to the reader about how he or she could help It was very practical and thoughtful.I was only mildly bothered that the author made no mention of trying to interview any members of the ministry that oversees Indian affairs I don t think those interviews would have changed the...

  6. says:

    Invisible North is a true 5 5 star accomplishment, and a trip that was emotionally charged on a number of levels Writing a truly objective review proved to be tougher than expected for during its last couple of chapters my heart was pounding, I was angry, I felt ashamed to be Canadian, I was upset as to how little I actually knew about the plight of most Native People living on reserves, and most of all, it left me wanting to help Thankfully, Shimo provides the reader with a number of resources to do exactly that at the end of the book What the book accomplishes is astounding in that through its exhaustive investigative research, it not only informs but evokes a sense of empathy and urgency that is visceral and somewhat tangible Because of this, I simply couldn t put the book down as it left me craving Simply put, Alexandra Shimo is one beast of a writer and this book will go down as one of the best pieces of Canadian historical nonfiction Yes, it is that good Shimo, a journalist from Toronto, decides to follow up on a story written about a reported E.coli breakout in Kashechewan s water supply, a small reserve in northern Ontario with a population of about 1800 people To get a true feel for the story, Shimo decides to spend 6 months on th...

  7. says:

    I am giving this book 5 stars because for a short, concise read, this book provided vital information and understandable context that every Canadian should have to understand the tragedy of life on reserves In my ignorance of the political and social reasons for indigenous peoples entrapment in reserve li...

  8. says:

    Probably the best, and hardest, book I read all year.

  9. says:

    Journalist Alexandra Shimo goes north into the remote Northern Ontario reserve of the Kashechewan, she plans to write about a water crisis that broke out on the reserve in 2005 She discovers instead the depressing conditions that Canada s aboriginal people live under and the terrible human rights violations that occur to this day.I had thought as a nation that we had a despicable record of lies, broken treaties and abuse of Native Americans, but the violence that Canada has perpetrated is unspeakable It shouldn t surprise me, given the way Ottawa has treated her own Maritime Provinces, especially what they did to Newfoundland and Labrador It does point out that the natives of British Columbia did fare better as they refused to enter into any treaties with the government Colonial powers have always had a tendency to view native populations as sub human and child like incapable of self government, then set up conditions to insure that they will never have either the education or economic stability to ever be able to self govern.The conditions on the reserve are so bleak that Alexandra begins to break down both physically and emotionally before she can finish her own research and in...

  10. says:

    I am privileged I know this Sometimes it s good to have a reminder and this book certainly gave me one It amazes me that people have to live this way in Canada I m ashamed that we have people living in ...

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