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Tanya Talaga: 2018 CBC Massey Lectures “All Our Relations”

August 9 marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Celebrated around the world, this year’s theme is Indigenous Languages, with the aim to highlight the critical need to revitalize, preserve, and promote Indigenous languages. There are 7,000 languages in the world with more than half spoken by Indigenous people, but every two weeks another language is lost.

Tanya Talaga, an award-winning journalist and author, was the first Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, an annual five-part lecture series that travels to cities across Canada. Her 2018 lectures series, titled “All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward”, explored the legacy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples, and the need for Indigenous self-determination in the social, cultural, and political arena.

We compiled each of Tanya’s powerful lectures below, as broadcasted by the CBC Radio Show Ideas, as we felt her message particularly resonated today as we celebrate the world’s Indigenous people.

Lecture 1: “We Were Always Here” (Thunder Bay)

Lecture 2: “Big Brother’s Hunger” (Halifax)

Lecture 3: “The Third Space” (Vancouver)

Lecture 4: “I Breathe For Them” (Saskatoon)

Lecture 5: “We Are Not Going Anywhere” (Toronto)

Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed storyteller. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers, which introduced us to seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thunder Bay, is a national bestseller and won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize.

In her powerful keynotes, Tanya shares Indigenous stories from across Canada and the world, humanizing the legacy of cultural genocide and sharing her hope for a more inclusive and equitable future.

Interested in learning more about Tanya and what she can bring to your next event? Email us at info@speakers.ca.