24
Tuesday
Oct
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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
6:30pm

Stolen Lives with
Lorri Neilsen Glenn
and Tanya Talaga

"Seven Fallen Feathers may prove to be the most important book published in Canada in 2017. Tanya Talaga offers well-researched, difficult truths that expose the systemic racism, poverty, and powerlessness that contribute to the ongoing issues facing Indigenous youth, their families, and their communities.
— Patti LaBoucane-Benson
Lorri Neilsen Glenn
Tanya Talaga

The devastating reality of Canada’s history and the ongoing search for answers and justice with regards to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls cannot be ignored as we commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Lorri Neilsen Glenn first discovered her great-grandmother's tragic death in a passing comment from an aunt. Startled, she began to search out the history of her family, to understand the life of this woman she knew nothing about. Along the way she works to unravel the issues of racism, sexism and colonial nation building that haunt us still. In elegant prose and poetry she has created a story of pieces, bringing to life what she could find in newspaper reports and museums. Through these fragments and portraits she gives the reader a glimpse of the lives lived by her ancestors and by women like them. Following the River is a lyric reflection on women that have been erased from our history and what that means for today.

In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from 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. They were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. In Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City award-winning investigative journalist Tanya 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.

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