Seven Fallen Feathers

Seven Fallen Feathers

Written by Tanya Talaga

Published in 2017 by House of Anansi (Links to an external site.)


In her award-winning book, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, journalist Tanya Talaga explores the deaths of seven Indigenous high school students in Thunder Bay, Ontario. All of these students came to Thunder Bay to attend high school because their home communities did not offer secondary education. They were far from the supports of home, living in a new city and navigating their new-found independence.

Through meticulous research, Talaga honours the life of each of these teens by telling their story. Each narrative is interwoven with the voices of family and friends left behind to cope with grief, loss, and unanswered questions. In telling these stories, Tanya Talaga also explores the political, social, and historical context of the experiences of Indigenous teens and their families who make the difficult decision to leave their home communities to attend high school. As Talaga describes, “Their disappearances and deaths signified everything wrong in the relationship between Canada and the Indigenous people” (p. 22).

Introducing the Author:


Learn more about Tanya Talaga here (Links to an external site.).


Learning More About the Book:


Read these reviews of Seven Fallen Feathers:


The Ottawa Review of Books (Links to an external site.)


Quill & Quire (Links to an external site.)


Muskrat Magazine (Links to an external site.)


Read this conversation (Links to an external site.) between Carol Off and Tanya Talaga.


Listen to this CBC Radio interview (Links to an external site.) with Tanya Talaga.


Watch thisAPTN Face to Face interview (Links to an external site.)with Tanya Talaga.


Watch thisTVO The Agenda interview (Links to an external site.)with Tanya Talaga.


Read this Ryerson Review of Journalism interview (Links to an external site.) with Tanya Talaga.


Read Tanya Talaga’s article about the Christian Morrisseau painting (Links to an external site.) that is depicted on the cover of the book.


Explore the Seven Fallen Feathers discussion guide (Links to an external site.) developed by Amnesty International.


Developing Background Knowledge:


Educators who would like to know more about residential schools in Canada can start with these sources:


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (Links to an external site.)


Residential Schools in Canada Education Guide (Links to an external site.)


National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (University of Manitoba) (Links to an external site.)


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