On March 21st the College had the honour of hosting award-winning journalist and author, Tanya Talaga.
Tanya is the first Ojibwe woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, and an acclaimed storyteller. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers, a national bestseller, won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize. In addition to the RBC Taylor Prize, Seven Fallen Feathers also won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read: Young Adult/Adult Award. It was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction, and was named CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Tanya has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. From 2017-2018, Tanya was the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy through The Canadian Journalism Foundation. Tanya is also the bestselling author of All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward.
Tanya engaged the audience with messages of truth, hope, and Indigenous inclusion in Canada. She is a visionary for Canada’s reconciliation journey. During her stop at Confederation College, Tanya took time to tour the Library and Apiwin.
We are grateful for Tanya’s presence, and for spending time with staff, faculty, students, and community members who attended the event that was also streamed to our regional campuses and remotely. We would like to thank IT for their technical knowledge and support, as well as SUCCI for their help with lighting and setting up the stage. A big thank you to all of our Student Success Staff for making this event possible.