Thomas Talaga is an award-winning author of two national bestsellers. Seven Fallen Feathers won both the RBC Taylor Prize and Shaughnessy Cohen Political Writing Award as well as being shortlisted for both Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and BC National Award for Reading.
She was also honored with being named a Massey Lecturer – making history by becoming the first Anishinaabe woman ever honored with such an honour.
Early Life and Education
Talaga has brought to light many of Canada’s darkest secrets through her best-selling books Seven Fallen Feathers and All Our Relations, columns in both Toronto Star and Globe and Mail and work as a lecturer. Her writing has shed light on residential school’s legacy lingering today as policies to erase Indigenous culture continue to impact lives today.
Talaga began her quest to understand these policies while reporting on the 2011 federal election in Thunder Bay. Here she met Stan Beardy, grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, who instructed her to investigate Jordan Wabasse’s disappearance and subsequent death due to Typhoid, an infection spread through poor sanitation and polluted water supplies. Through her research she discovered evidence linking his death with Typhoid bacteria which causes ruptured bowels resulting in ruptured organs caused by ruptures caused by Typhoid, spread by poor sanitation and dirty water resources.
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Talaga has written for both the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail as a columnist, primarily covering Indigenous rights issues in Canada. Her debut book Seven Fallen Feathers became a national bestseller and received nominations for both the RBC Taylor Prize and Shaughnessy Cohen Prizes.
She is also the founder of Makwa Creative Inc, an Indigenous production company. In 2017, she was selected as an Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy by Harvard University and in 2018 she was appointed as CBC Massey Lecturer – making history!
Achievement and Honors
Anishinabe journalist Tanya Talaga is making Indigenous voices and stories more visible across Canada through bestselling books, acclaimed documentaries and podcasts, regular columns with Toronto Star and Globe and Mail as well as powerful keynote addresses. Through her work she hopes to provide audiences with in-depth knowledge on residential schools legacy while sharing hope for an inclusive future.
Talaga won the $30,000 RBC Taylor Prize for nonfiction writing in 2017, as well as making the shortlists for both Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding. She is also currently serving as 2017-2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy as well as being selected to deliver this year’s CBC Massey Lecturer – becoming the first Anishinabe woman ever so honored! Additionally, Talaga oversees Makwa Creative Inc which produces productions featuring Indigenous voices via documentaries, TV episodes or podcasts aimed at amplifying these voices through films, TV episodes or podcasts aimed at amplifying Indigenous voices through documentary films, TV episodes or podcasts.
Talaga has made it her mission to amplify Indigenous voices and stories through her best-selling books, critically-acclaimed documentaries, inspiring keynote addresses and regular Globe and Mail columns. In doing so, she humanizes the legacy of residential schools and colonization and illustrates that policies designed to obliterate Indigenous cultures continue to impact contemporary Canadian lives today.
At trial, the Talagas were permitted to introduce a home movie showing flooding of their street and backyard after heavy rainfall; neighbours testified that this event occurred regularly after any rainfall event.
Talaga leads Makwa Creative Inc, a production company dedicated to amplifying Indigenous voices through documentary films and TV. Additionally, she serves as executive producer for Auntie Up!, an Indigenous women-led podcast.
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