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Seven fallen feathers

Talaga, Tanya.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in developing a better understanding of how institutionalized racism and geographic isolation have impacted First Nations communities in northern Ontario - particularly when it comes to ensuring kids have equal access to educational opportunities. The seven "fallen feathers" in the title refers to the seven young people of indigenous descent who died under suspicious circumstances while they were boarding in homes in Thunder Bay to attend high school. Tanya Talaga reconstructs the personal stories of the deceased students and their families in heartrending detail, as well as offering context on the laws and governmental policies that have contributed to the isolation and political disenfranchisement of many people from northern reservations. This isn't an easy read, but it is a compelling and important one.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)