All Our Relations

All Our Relations is an exploration of suicide and the tragic reality of children in First Nations communities.

Tanya Talaga

Every single year in Canada, one-third of all deaths among Indigenous youth are due to suicide. Studies indicate youth between the ages of 10 and 19, living on reserve, are five to six times more likely to commit suicide than their peers in the rest of the population. Suicide is a new behaviour for First Nations people. There is no record of any suicide epidemics prior to the establishment of the 130 residential schools across Canada.

Bestselling and award-winning author Tanya Talaga argues that the aftershocks of cultural genocide have resulted in a disturbing rise in youth suicides in Indigenous communities in Canada and beyond. She examines the tragic reality of children feeling so hopeless they want to die, of kids perishing in clusters, forming suicide pacts, or becoming romanced by the notion of dying — a phenomenon that experts call "suicidal ideation." She also looks at the rising global crisis, as evidenced by the high suicide rates among the Inuit of Greenland and Aboriginal youth in Australia. Finally, she documents suicide prevention strategies in Nunavut, Seabird Island, and Greenland; Facebook's development of AI software to actively link kids in crisis with mental health providers; and the push by First Nations leadership in Northern Ontario for a new national health strategy that could ultimately lead communities towards healing from the pain of suicide. (From House of Anansi Press)

Interviews with Tanya Talaga

Why Tanya Talaga wanted to begin the 2018 CBC Massey Lectures in Thunder Bay 3:05
'This is where I am from:' Tanya Talaga explains why land connects her to all the women in her family. 2:24
Tanya Talaga is the author featured in this year's CBC Massey Lectures: All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, which explores youth suicide on some First Nation reserves. Talaga speaks with CBC's John Northcott about the devastating legacy of what some say amounts to cultural genocide against Indigenous people. 7:54
For the 2018 Massey Lectures, Indigenous journalist Tanya Talaga examined the devastating problem of youth suicide in Indigenous communities. She spoke to Anna Maria Tremonti about what she found. 27:30


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