Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

Category: Book
By (author): Talaga, Tanya
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Native Americans
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Published: September 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*

In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. An inquest was called for and four recommendations were made to ensure the safety of indigenous students. 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 because there was no high school on their reserves. Five were found dead in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, below a sacred indigenous site. Jordan Wabasse, a gentle boy and star hockey player, disappeared into the -20° Celsius night. The body of celebrated artist Norval Morrisseau's grandson, Kyle, was pulled from a river, as was Curran Strang's. Robyn Harper died in her boarding-house hallway and Paul Panacheese inexplicably collapsed on his kitchen floor. Reggie Bushie's death finally prompted an inquest, seven years after the discovery of Jethro Anderson, the first boy whose body was found in the water. But it was the death of twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack that foreshadowed the loss of the seven.

Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, 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.

From The Publisher*

The shocking true story covered by the Guardian and the New York Times of the seven young indigenous students who were found dead in a northern Ontario city.

Biographical Note

Tanya Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years, covering everything from general city news to education, national healthcare, foreign news, and Indigenous affairs. She has been nominated five 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 and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. She was also on a team that won a 2013 National Newspaper Award for a series on the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. Talaga's 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. Her great-grandfather, an Ojibwe trapper, was raised in the bush outside of Thunder Bay. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.