INDIGENOUS YOUTH SUICIDE THE FOCUS OF 2018 MASSEY LECTURES
THUNDER BAY, ON (April 27, 2018): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler welcomes today’s announcement that Tanya Talaga will deliver the 2018 CBC Massey Lectures based on her research into Indigenous youth suicide.
“The loss of Indigenous youth to suicide is a crisis in Canada and the world over. We thank Tanya and the organizers of the Massey Lectures for recognizing the need for a national discussion on this tragedy,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “This is a significant opportunity for all Canadians to explore this issue and learn about our shared history, and I am confident that these lectures will be well-received and promote dialogue and understanding.”
Talaga’s series of five lectures, entitled All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, will explore the legacy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples, how this has led to a forced disconnection to land and language, and the need for Indigenous self-determination in the social, cultural and political arena. She will examine how the road back to a relationship with land and language are keys to suicide prevention and community healing.
An investigative journalist and bestselling author, Talaga was awarded the 2017-2018 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy to study suicide amongst Indigenous Peoples. Her research is examining deficiencies in suicide prevention and the delivery of health services, the cultural of resistance to policy change in the public sector, and the broader issue of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous People.
Her debut non-fiction book Seven Fallen Feathers has garnered national attention for its heartbreaking depiction of the tragic loss of seven NAN youth while attending school in Thunder Bay and the resulting inquest into their deaths.
The lectures will be recorded live across Canada throughout September and October 2018 and broadcast nationally on CBC Radio IDEAS in November 2018. The book version will be published by House of Anansi Press in September.
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For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email nan%23on%23ca|mheintzman