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Tanya Talaga given standing ovation at Massey Lecture in Toronto – Thestar.com
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Oct. 30, 2018
Tanya Talaga was taken aback when the CBC asked her to be the 2018 Massey Lecturer.
The award-winning Toronto Star reporter and best-selling author told a rapt audience in Toronto on Tuesday evening that she felt she didn’t have much in common with esteemed Massey Lecturers from years past, including Martin Luther King Jr., Willy Brandt, Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing.
Through her research and writings, Talaga has become a recognized authority on the legacy of cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples, in Canada and elsewhere. Despite this, she said she was afraid and uncertain about whether she could pull off delivering the required series of cross-country lectures.
“But then I thought, buck, up, don’t shy away from this — a once in a lifetime opportunity to reach others and spread a message of understanding, of resilience of strength and of unity,” she said.