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  • Keywords
    • Canadian history,
    • white-collar crime,
    • systemic racism,
    • Indigenous,
    • First Nations,
    • northern Ontario,
    • political corruption

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Money Boss
by Robert Sanderson Trudeau

In 1976, John Rager, the newly arrived Indian Affairs Nakina District commerce officer lives alone in a rooming house with a deep secret. He soon discovers that many other people within the agency have secrets – in a district with mostly fly-in villages, the district manager has a terrible fear of flying; the former commerce officer and the current district supervisor of construction and capital projects take bribes; and the owner of a district air charter company is a racist who was once a member of the murderous Waffen SS. What changes everything is the arrival of a Catholic nun’s letter sent to the Ontario Indian Affairs regional director general and copied to the district manager that outlines the horrors in one of the district fly-in villages. How Rager formulates a plan with the help of the now ex-Catholic nun, Marie Brunelle, to reveal these secrets, constitutes the story of a man’s struggle to seek redemption and bring justice to a long neglected and forgotten people. Shuniah-Ogama is set within the vast region of northwestern Ontario above the rail line – often referred to as the ‘Blue Forest’ for the blue of the many lakes, rivers, creeks, and bogs within the green of the coniferous forest, bush, and eskers – it is one of the most remote and isolated regions of Canada.

"A bleak and damning story of government neglect of Indigenous communities." —Kirkus Reviews

Robert Sanderson Trudeau has over four decades of economic development experience in Canada’s arctic and sub-arctic. He is co-author with Paul Driben of When Freedom is Lost – the Dark Side of the Relationship Between the Government and the Fort Hope Band (published by University of Toronto Press 1983, reprinted in 1986 and 1990). He resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


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