James Bartleman, a First Nation person himself, writes movingly … about the tragic reality of misogynistic racism and violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Sharon Stinson Henry, Chief of Chippewas of Rama First Nation, 2000-2014
Forces us to confront uncomfortable truths as we seek a path to reconciliation.
Alan Bowker, author of A Time Such as There Never Was Before
Graphically brings alive the horrific consequences of the removal of Indigenous children from their families and communities.
Professor Donald Smith, co-editor of Aboriginal Ontario
The novel may serve as an accessible entry point for readers interested in learning about this traumatic chapter in North American history.
Bartleman’s strength as a writer is his compassion. He respects each of his characters and sets the stage for real-world discussions of Canada’s past, present, and future.
As Bartleman succeeded in educating me on this grim piece of history, A Matter of Conscience is a moving piece of literature and a must-read.
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