Tanya Talaga has been a journalist for over 20 years. Currently a writer with the Toronto Star, her most recent in-depth journalistic endeavour is the book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Truths in a Northern City. It details and chronicles the deaths of seven young Indigenous people in Thunder Bay – who became the subject of an inquest that uncovered a deep-seated problem of racism and systemic discrimination in a small Ontario city.
The book has been nominated for a Writer’s Trust Award and the B.C. National Award for Non-Fiction. While this work is focused on one community in Ontario, it is being hailed as a national wake-up call for what is a devastating truth across all Canadian communities – from child welfare, to education, to broken treaty promises, and more – Thunder Bay is just the canary in the coal mine.
In the words of Duncan McCue – “Let this book enrage you – and then demand that Canada act now.”