Tanya Talaga does not need an introduction at this point: she is an award-winning Canadian journalist and author of Polish and Indigenous descent, and the First Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers, a national bestseller that tells the story of even Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thunder Bay, won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize. Through her work, Tanya shares Indigenous stories from across Turtle Island and the world, humanizing the legacy of residential schools and colonization and sharing her hope for a more inclusive and equitable future. Tanya’s great-grandmother was a residential school survivor and her great-grandfather was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Today Tanya works for The Globe and Mail, after spending most her career at The Toronto Star.
In this conversation, Tanya speaks to host Shayla Oulette Stonechild about her motivation to write and share Indigenous stories for greater representation, of the impact her writing can have to defend human rights, and she speaks of the matriarchs who have influenced her along the way. And you'll definitely want to hear her intro to the Seven Truths.
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