Hoax for a Nation: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve

Category: Book
By (author): Shimo, Alexandra
Subject:  HISTORY / Native American
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
Audience: general/trade
Awards: Dewey Diva Picks (2016)
Publisher: Dundurn
Published: August 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 247
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*A journalist uses a remote northern reserve and their elaborate hoax to unpack the complex history of the reserve system. When a young journalist arrives in Kashechewan, a fly-in, northern Ontario reserve, to document its third-world conditions, she stumbles upon a multi-million dollar hoax. As she investigates a story that could make her career, she finds herself unable to cope with the conditions and begins to fall apart. Hoax for a Nation tells the story of a deceit that has until now fooled the public. To understand what happened and why, journalist Alexandra Shimo must plumb the depths of her own mental and physical collapse. The result is a stark and tender portrait of the lives of a people at the edge, and a moving tribute to what it takes to survive.
From The Publisher*Journalist Alexandra Shimo flew to the remote Northern Ontario reserve of Kashechewan, hoping to document its third-world conditions. Instead, she discovered a multi-million dollar hoax, the the dark side of Canadian history, and her the limits of her own mental stability.
Biographical NoteAlexandra Shimo is a former radio producer for the CBC and former editor at Maclean's. An award-winning journalist, she is the co-author of Up Ghost River, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award, and the author of The Environment Equation. She volunteers with DreamCatcher Mentoring, which works with native youth. She lives in Toronto.