We are very grateful that Tanya Talaga has accepted an offer of semaa to walk with the Guelph Wellington community as part of the Truth & Reconciliation Fall Gathering at The Bookshelf October 29 beginning at 11 a.m.
Our focus that day is how to build relationships that are respectful and reciprocal. Local Elders, Knowledge Keepers & Healers and several organizations who have been strong Allies with the Indigenous community over many years, will share their own stories on the learning path of relationship building. Tanya will guide the “harvesting of these stories”.
Tanya has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for 20 years, covering everything from city news to education, national healthcare, foreign news & Indigenous affairs. She has been nominated 5 times for the Governor General’s Michener Award in public service journalism. In 2015 she was part of a team that won a National Newspaper Award for a year long project on Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. Her grandmother is Ojibwe, a member of Fort William First Nation and her mother was raised off reserve by her grandmother, a residential school survivor from Kenora. Tanya lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.
In 2017 she received the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy to explore the issue of youth suicide in Indigenous communities. She has recently published Seven Fallen Feathers which is her very serious and shocking investigation of the death of seven teenagers in Thunder Bay. Seven Fallen Feathers is one of five books of non-fiction shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The winner, to be announced in November, will take home $60,000.00.
In the afternoon, a Community Sharing Circle will hold a safe and healing space for conversations about “relationships”. This Gathering welcomes all ages, all individuals, all families, and especially organizations who are intentional about building strong sustainable relationships with local First Nations, Metis, Mixed Ancestry and Inuit.