St. Albert Readers Festival (STARFest) presents Tanya Talaga

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Monday, October 23rd

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Monday, October 23, 2017.
Arden Theatre

Please note: the Eden Robinson event, scheduled for this day has been cancelled.

Tickets $10 available from St. Albert Public Library

Tanya Talaga's first book "Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City" is a difficult story but one that needs to be heard. In 1966, 12 year old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from a 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. 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.

Tanya Talaga is an award-winning investigative journalist with the Toronto Star, specializing in Indigenous affairs. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. As part of a team, she has won National Newspaper Awards in both 2013 and 2015; in 2013 for a year-long project on the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and in 2015, for Gone, a series of stories on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. As the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, Talaga is currently exploring the alarming rates of youth suicide in Indigenous communities across Canada.

Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation.

This event will be hosted by Richard Van Camp. He is the Regional Writer in Residence, currently based at St. Albert Public Library. An internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author, he is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.

Price: $10.00


The Arden Theatre
5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, AB
T8N 3Z9

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