2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Winner

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Deaths, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, by Tanya Talaga (Toronto), published by House of Anansi



Tanya Talaga

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City
House of Anansi
 

Tanya Talaga


Jury Citation

Tanya Talaga’s powerful book is a hard-hitting story of the realities of Canadian racism, complicity, and Indigenous suffering. It is also a testament to the resilience of the Anishinaabe families who endure the crushing impacts of historic and contemporary injustices. In spare prose and a direct voice, Talaga documents the tragedies of the lost lives of Indigenous youth while creating a compelling narrative that educates the reader on the sad history of Indigenous-White relations. This book is a crucial document of our times, and vital to the emergence of a true vision of justice in Canada.

About the Book

In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. An inquest was called and four recommendations were made to prevent another tragedy. None of those recommendations were applied. More than a quarter of a century later, from 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.

About the Author

Tanya Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for 20 years. She won the RBC Taylor Prize and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Nonfiction for Seven Fallen Feathers. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism and has twice won a National Newspaper Award for her work as part of a team. Talaga is the 2017-2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. She lives in Toronto.

 


 

 

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