Tanya Talaga

Tanya Talaga

Author of Seven Fallen Feathers and All Our Relations, @Houseofanansi. Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, @CBC Massey Lecturer 2018. Journalist @TorontoStar.

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Canada should uphold work being done at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation to recover the Kamloops Indian Residential School victims. Yet PM @JustinTrudeau  has yet to visit, listen. This is a crime scene. As are all other residential schools @globeandmail 

Both of these kwe are leaders among all of us. Phyllis Webstad, the inspiration and founder of Orange Shirt Day and Assembly of First Nations National Chief @chiefarchibald1 ⁩. Seen here at Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc press conferen #everychildmatterse 

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She acknowledges all the survivors watching, she talks of the inter generational trauma and how 100 per cent suffer from it. “We are all doing our best to walk forward with dignity.” @chiefarchibald1  tells us “the UN has called this genocide. We call this genocide.”

This is a crime scene and “must be held to account.” These little ones were loved. Removed by RCMP. Started by Govt policy in collusion with the Church. On Monday we learned of the recovery of the children on Kuper Island. “These are not discoveries. These are recoveries.”

These recent recoveries of our children is shocking, unbelievable to those around the world, says @chiefarchibald1  but “not for us. We have always known.” And the last school didn’t close until 1996. Even after these institutions closed, survivors, families, continued to suffer.

To the Prime Minister@JustinTrudeau  Kukpi7 Casimir finishes this day by asking for a phone call from the Prime Minister, whom she says has not yet reached out to the community. She invites him here to Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc on Sept. 30 for a day of remembrance.

“They were children robbed of their childhood. We must give them the dignity they never had.”

Opinion: A doctor’s century-old warning on residential schools can help find justice for Canada’s crimes - The Globe and Mail


Our people die just trying to access public healthcare. Brian Sinclair. Craig Neekan. Joyce Echaquan. Canada, open your eyes. Nurse fired, Quebec coroner’s office to investigate after dying Indigenous woman taunted in hospital /via @globeandmail 

I am honoured to be one of the few asked to come to Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, to witness, to tell the story of all our relations. We grieve. We love and we demand justice. It’s time to bring our children home from the residential schools

Please give the keys of this province to our overworked, bone-tired physicians and nurses. They know what is needed. Paid sick days. Targeted vaccinations. Not a police state.

There is a little girl named Emma Laffort, 9, who went to St. Joseph’s Indian Residential School and died in 1910. She is buried in an unmarked grave at St. Andrew’s Catholic cemetery in TBay. Her family is working to locate her home, bring her home. ⁦

Devastating. Remains of 215 children found at former Kamloops residential school, my thoughts are with Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation and the community as they watch over the found children /via @globeandmail 

One day, I hope I don’t have to write this anymore: Canada needs to dig deep and find the national will to fix the water crisis

On the 1 year anniversary of the @MMIWG  final report: Take a moment to thank the thousands of survivors, families, Elders, community members who came forward to share their stories. So many families shared their deepest pain and asked for justice.

Catholic Church ran most of Canada’s residential schools, yet remains largely silent about their devastating legacy by @TaviaGrant ⁩

Winnipeg Centre MP Leah Gazan is speaking many truths in Parliament on the discovery of the 215 children. All the former schools should be "treated as crime scenes." "Genocide is genocide. You can't classify it. It falls under the UN Convention." @LeahGAZ