A Matter of Conscience

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Dundurn, May 12, 2018 - Fiction - 272 pages
A novel of love and betrayal dealing with the biggest issues facing Canada’s Indigenous peoples today.

In the summer of 1972, a float plane carrying a team of child welfare officials lands on a river flowing through the Yellow Dog Indian reserve. Their mission is to seize the twin babies of an Indigenous couple as part of an illegal scheme cooked up by the federal government to adopt out tens of thousands of Native children to white families. The baby girl, Brenda, is adopted and raised by a white family in Orillia.

Meanwhile, that same summer, a baby boy named Greg is born to a white middle-class family. At the age of eighteen, Greg leaves home for the first time to earn money to help pay for his university expenses. He drinks heavily and becomes embroiled in the murder of a female student from a residential school.

The destinies of Brenda and Greg intersect in this novel of passion, confronting the murder and disappearance of Indigenous women and the infamous Sixties Scoop.

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Bartleman (As Long as the River Flows), a former lieutenant governor of Ontario and a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, uses this novel to delve into the disturbing reasons why an ... Read full review

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About this Book
The McGregors
In the Wrong Place
The Dating Site
Ravens Diary
The Trade Commissioner
Return to Cuba
The Sixties Scoop
Stolen Sisters
Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples 1996
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations

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James Bartleman is the former lieutenant governor of Ontario and the bestselling author of the novels As Long as the Rivers Flow and The Redemption of Oscar Wolf. A member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, he is also a retired ambassador, an officer of the Order of Canada, and winner of the Aboriginal Achievement Award. He lives in Perth, Ontario.

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