The groundbreaking and multiple award-winning national bestseller work about systemic racism, education, the failure of the policing and justice systems, and Indigenous rights by Tanya Talaga.
Over the span of eleven years, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They were hundreds of kilometres away from their families, forced to leave home because there was no adequate high school on their reserves. Five were found dead in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, below a sacred Indigenous site. Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning author Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.
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The human-rights violations inflicted on Indigenous youth within Canada’s residential school system are a well-known, disgraceful chapter in the nation’s history. Sadly, as Seven Fallen Feathers reminds us, the country continues to fail First Nations communities both institutionally and ideologically. In this harrowing book, journalist Tanya Talaga tells the stories of seven Indigenous high school students who died in Thunder Bay, Ontario, between 2000 and 2011. Her devastating narrative is essential reading for anyone invested in understanding the grim realities that plague Canada’s most vulnerable population.