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Ghosts of our shared past

Returning with PTSD from life on a reservation shed light on a troubling side of Canada’s history, writes ALEXANDRA SHIMO
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL BANASIAK

PERSONAL ESSAY

My first experience of the semantic headaches self-deception creates when working in a literary genre (creative non-fiction) that aims to capture the nuance and subtlety of life – the real “truth,” as it were – happened in 2005. It was Toronto’s “summer of the gun,” and my assignment was to interview victims of gun violence and write about what it’s like to be shot.

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