Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City
Written by Tanya Talaga
Published by House of Anansi Press
Talaga has written Canada’s J’Accuse, an open letter to the rest of us about the many ways we contribute – through act or inaction – to suicides and damaged existences in Canada’s indigenous communities. Tanya Talaga’s account of teen lives and deaths in and near Thunder Bay is detailed, balanced and heart-rending. Talaga describes gaps in the system large enough for beloved children and adults to fall through, endemic indifference, casual racism and a persistent lack of resources. It is impossible to read this book and come away unchanged.
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“This story is hard and harrowing, but Talaga tells it with the care of a storyteller and the factual attention of a journalist … and she does it all with a keen, compassionate eye for all involved, especially the families who are too often overlooked”
Katherena Vermette, bestselling author of The Break
is a journalist for the Toronto Star, part of the 2015 team which won the National Newspaper Award for Gone, a series of stories on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She lives in Toronto, where she is the 2017-2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy.