Stauffer@25 Speaker Series: Tanya Talaga

Event Date: 
Nov 26, 2019
Event Location: 
2:30-4 pm, Stauffer Library, Fireplace Reading Room

As part of the year-long Stauffer@25 celebration, the Queen's University Library is hosting a Stauffer@25 Speaker Series that will explore Indigenous topics and themes, as well as the evolution of the library's knowledge environment in the context of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Speaker Series is generously funded by the Stauffer Foundation.

The first speaker is Tanya Talaga, an Indigenous activist, journalist, and author, who will give a lecture entitled Rights Before We Talk Reconciliation: The Reality of Canada’s Relationship with Indigenous People. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 2:30pm in the Fireplace Reading Room, Stauffer Library.

Tanya Talaga is the 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 Award: Young Adult/Adult; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller.

She was the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, and author of the national bestseller All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward. For more than 20 years, Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star and is now a columnist at the newspaper. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism.

Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ont. Talaga lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.

More information about Stauffer@25 and other events planned are available on the Stauffer@25 website.

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