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

September 30, 2017|
Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga
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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.

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. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. 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 minus twenty degrees 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.

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.

A portion of each sale of Seven Fallen Feathers will go to the Dennis Franklin Cromarty Memorial Fund, set up in 1994 to financially assist Nishnawbe Aski Nation students'' studies in Thunder Bay and at post-secondary institutions. Further donations can be made to: http://www.cromartyfund.ca.

TANYA TALAGA is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities READ: Young Adult/Adult Award; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers'' Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC''...
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Title:Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern CityFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:376 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 inShipping dimensions:376 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 inPublished:September 30, 2017Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1487002262

ISBN - 13:9781487002268

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