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Courtney from Programming June 16, 2020, 1:32 PM

Tanya Talaga: Seven Fallen Feathers

As we watch people rally around the globe to protest injustice and inequality, it is important for us to open our eyes and hearts to the injustice that Indigenous people face in Canada. 

One of the ways we can do that is by reading about their experiences. I have been reading Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga, a serious and necessary read about the deaths of seven Indigenous students in Thunder Bay. All of them were forced to travel far from their homes and families to attend school because they could not receive an education in their own community. All of them died under mysterious circumstances that were never properly investigated. 

This month marks one year since the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report. It is also National Indigenous History Month. The library is offering programs all month to honour the rich heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of Indigenous peoples. 

At the end of this month, Tanya Talaga will be giving a virtual talk about her book, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City. She will share her experience writing the book, and her hope for a more inclusive and equitable future. 

Please register online to join us for Tanya Talaga’s talk on Seven Fallen Feathers

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Courtney from Programming

Natural habitat: Curled up with my cat and a good book. Interesting habits: Writes macabre poetry, reads anything and everything, loves red wine and chocolate. Author of House of Mystery, a collection of fairy tale poems. Currently working on a second book of poetry, tentatively titled Anatomy of a Monster.

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