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All Our Relations


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Tanya Talaga is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, a multi-award winner including the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities READ: Young Adult/Adult Award. The book was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction. Talaga was the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, and is the author of the US bestseller All Our Relations. For more than twenty years she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star. Talaga is of Polish and Ojibwe descent. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.


'Talaga's treatment and explanation of Indigenous people's trauma is essential reading.'

-- Rosaleen McDonagh * The Irish Times *

'An essential work of non-fiction ... Through storytelling, on-the-ground reporting, literature surveys, and plenty of statistics, Talaga demonstrates the extent to which Indigenous children continue to live under the full weight of colonial history ... All children, she writes, 'need to know who their ancestors are, who their heroes and villains are.' In All Our Relations, Talaga restores that basic right to Indigenous children who have been robbed of it. And the rest of us, as an epigraph from author Thomas King makes clear, no longer have the excuse of saying we haven't heard this story. Talaga alone has told it twice now.'

* Quill & Quire *

'All Our Relations is an impeccably researched and unflinching documentation of how both colonial histories and ongoing genocidal practices have created the suicide crisis among Indigenous youth across the globe. Tanya Talaga expertly folds together interviews, storytelling, and statistics to bring us directly to the startling truth that Indigenous youth are fighting to find themselves through the multiple separations forced on them by settler states: separation of parents from children, separation of peoples from their land, and separation of tongues and hearts from their languages and traditions. All Our Relations is a call to action and a testament to the strength and tenacity of Indigenous people around the world.'

* 2019 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury Citation *

'This book is both moving and effective; it creates the space for readers to understand the complexity of these issues ... An excellent read.'

* Ottawa Review of Books *

'Talaga's passion for the topic is palpable as she shares eye-opening stories and heartbreaking statistics ... Thoughtful and thought-provoking.'

* Parvati Magazine *

'While drawing on academic studies, All Our Relations is a burning missive about what is happening now, on the ground, and what needs to be done to make for safe and healthy indigenous communities.'

-- Fiona Capp * The Age *

'A heartbreaking book ... [Tanya Talaga's] writing style is clear and easy to read, and she has a way of telling the reader what they need to know about policy and history by telling stories about people and communities, who are at the heart of this book.'

-- Ranuka Tandan * Hon Soit *
Praise for Seven Fallen Feathers:

'An urgent and unshakable portrait of the horrors faced by Indigenous teens going to school in Thunder Bay, Ontario, far from their homes and families ... Talaga's incisive research and breathtaking storytelling could bring this community one step closer to the healing it deserves.' STARRED REVIEW * Booklist *
Praise for Seven Fallen Feathers:

'Talaga's research is meticulous and her journalistic style is crisp and uncompromising ... The book is heartbreaking and infuriating, both an important testament to the need for change and a call to action.' STARRED REVIEW * Publishers Weekly *
Praise for Seven Fallen Feathers: 'Seven Fallen Feathers is achingly blunt in confronting recurring damage that must be repaired. The book puts a human face to the headline statistics, reveals the continuing harm of unequal educational opportunity, and delivers the evidence of systemic racism in Canada with an insistent voice. Tanya Talaga draws the reader into communities of hurt and flawed responses surrounding the deaths of seven Indigenous students, the 'fallen feathers.' Talaga yanks at the reader's complacency with her story of separated families, untethered youths, and the seemingly unbridgeable distance between cultures. She offers painful lessons while courting hope.' * BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction Jury Citation *

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