The first episode of the ‘Stories Worth Telling’ podcast, a new series created by the Judith Neilson Institute and Sydney Writers’ Festival, has been released today. The podcast celebrates outstanding long-form, non-fiction writing and Indigenous reporting around the world, and provides a global outlook on the history, possibilities and future of journalism. The first episode features Anishinaabe and Polish Canadian journalist Tanya Talaga in conversation with The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Indigenous Affairs reporter Ella Archibald-Binge.
About the episode
From Canada and Brazil to Norway and Australia, the Indigenous experience in colonised nations holds startling — and deeply disturbing — similarities. In her bestselling book ‘All Our Relations: Indigenous Trauma in the Shadow of Colonialism’, Tanya Talaga skilfully folds together reportage and storytelling to shine a light on how racism and intergenerational trauma have produced a global crisis underscored by alarmingly high youth suicide rates.
Tanya speaks with Kamilaroi woman and journalist Ella Archibald-Binge about her powerful call for action, justice and a more equitable world for Indigenous peoples.
This conversation was scheduled to be part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s 2020 live program. Instead, Tanya and Ella are speaking from their homes, on opposite sides of the world.
Tanya Talaga is Anishinaabe and Polish Canadian, her maternal family is from Fort William First Nation and her father was Polish. Tanya is a journalist and head of Makwa Creative Inc. an Indigenous media company. She joins the Globe and Mail as a columnist in September. Tanya is the author of two national bestsellers. Her first book, Seven Fallen Feathers, was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read Award: Young Adult/Adult. Her second book, All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction. Talaga’s first podcast series Seven Truths, will be out this October.
Ella Archibald-Binge is a proud descendant of the Kamilaroi people from north-western NSW. She began her journalism career in regional newspapers, before spending almost six years reporting for NITV and SBS. Now reporting Indigenous affairs for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Ella is spearheading The Dalarinji Project, documenting the lives of First Nations people through a series of news, features and multimedia, with the support of the Judith Neilson Institute