Indian Horse Screening Nate & Tanya Talaga Interview Highlights Square Version
Credits: Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, M.P., Beaches-East York
INDIAN HORSE: An adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people.
TANYA TALAGA is an award-winning investigative journalist for the Toronto Star and the author of Seven Fallen Feathers. The book, winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, and a finalist for the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, is about seven Indigenous high school students who died in Thunder Bay, Ont.
She has most recently completed a series of cross-country lectures as the 2018 Massey Lecturer, joining a long list of esteemed Lecturers from years past, that include Martin Luther King Jr., and Margaret Atwood.
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, Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.