The high cost of food on First Nations reserves – TVO

Jan 19, 2017

EXCERPT: Living on Kashechewan First Nations reserve in northern Ontario, Alexandra Shimo experienced what life is like with an insufficient — and expensive — food supply

Journalist Alexandra Shimo lived a few months in Kashechewan, intending to write about unsafe water in the northern Ontario First Nations community. But she discovered problems way beyond the water supply. During her stay, she struggled to understand the poverty, suicide pacts, and food insecurity — all of which started to affect her physical and mental health. Invisible North is a portrait of Kash, set in the greater context of Canada’s historical policies and treatment of Indigenous people. Shimo also provides personal reflections as she tries to adapt to reserve life. In the following excerpt, she describes her first trip to the Northern Store, where she encounters outrageous food prices.

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