Tanya Talaga

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Tanya Talaga
NationalityOjibwe, Canadian
Occupation
  • Journalist
  • Author

Tanya Talaga is an Anishinaabe Canadian journalist and author. An investigative reporter for the Toronto Star, she is most noted for her 2017 book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City, which won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction and the 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.[1][2]

Life[edit]

Talaga is of mixed Indigenous and Polish heritage. Her maternal grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation and her great-grandmother is a residential school survivor.[3]

Career[edit]

Talaga's journalism work with the Toronto Star has focused on Indigenous people and issues in Canada.[4]

Her first book, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and shortlisted for numerous awards in both 2017 and 2018.[5] The book examines the deaths of seven First Nations youths in Thunder Bay, Ontario,[3] and began when Talaga was assigned to write a story about why more First Nations people weren't voting in the 2011 federal election, only to find that many people were reluctant to cooperate with her story because the deaths weren't its focus.[6]

Talaga delivered the 2018 Massey Lectures, entitled All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward.[7][8]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tanya Talaga wins $30K 2018 RBC Taylor Prize for Seven Fallen Feathers". CBC Books, February 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b “Tanya Talaga wins $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen prize for Seven Fallen Feathers”. The Globe and Mail, May 9, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Tanya Talaga's first book honours seven Indigenous students who disappeared in Thunder Bay". Quill and Quire. July 31, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Dundas, Deborah (January 10, 2018). "The Star's Tanya Talaga shortlisted for RBC Taylor prize for non-fiction". Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Tanya Talaga wins RBC Taylor Prize for Seven Fallen Feathers: "I'm writing the history of now"". Maclean's. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Interview with Tanya Talaga". United Church Observer, February 2018.
  7. ^ "Toronto Star investigative journalist Tanya Talaga to deliver 2018 CBC Massey Lectures". House of Anansi Press. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  8. ^ "The 2018 CBC Massey Lectures: All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward". CBC Radio. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  9. ^ DeMara, Bruce (February 26, 2018). "The Star's Tanya Talaga wins RBC Taylor Prize for Seven Fallen Feathers". Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Tanya Talaga, Carol Off among finalists for Shaughnessy Cohen Prize". Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  11. ^ "Carol Off, Tanya Talaga longlisted for 2018 B.C. National Non-fiction Award". Quill and Quire. November 2, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  12. ^ Wallace, Kenyon (August 4, 2017). "How the Star's Tanya Talaga approaches her coverage of Indigenous affairs". Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved February 27, 2018.