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Forward Thinking Speaker Series

The Forward Thinking Speaker Series reflects EPL’s rich history of taking risks, trying new things and redefining the modern library. EPL invites thought-leaders from a variety of industries to share their insights, ideas, experiences and viewpoints. Its purpose is to help build better organizations, neighborhoods and communities.

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Important Announcement

Featured Speaker

Tanya Talaga - All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Lillian Osborne High School Theatre at 7 p.m.
Tickets for this event are now SOLD OUT!

Stemming from her award-winning book Seven Fallen Feathers, the story of seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thunder Bay, Tanya Talaga creates an intimate experience for her audiences. She imparts audiences with in-depth knowledge on Indigenous culture and history, while leaving them empowered through a hopeful message that we can learn from our past and set forward on a new path for our nation based on inclusivity and equity.

About Tanya Talaga

An award-winning journalist and author, and the First Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed storyteller. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers, a national bestseller that introduced us to seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thunder Bay, won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize. In her powerful keynotes, Talaga shares Indigenous stories from across Canada and the world, humanizing the legacy of residential schools and colonization and sharing her hope for a more inclusive and equitable future.

Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother was a residential school survivor and her great-grandfather was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. For the past 20 years, Talaga has worked as a journalist, and is now a columnist for The Toronto Star. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. From 2017-2018, Talaga was the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy through The Canadian Journalism Foundation.

Talaga is also the bestselling author of two books All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward and Seven Fallen Feathers. In addition to the RBC Taylor Prize, Seven Fallen Feathers also won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read: Young Adult/Adult Award. It was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction, and was named CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book.

In addition to the CBC Massey Lectures — a renowned lecture series that travels to cities across Canada — Talaga has also spoken to diverse audiences ranging from university students and school children to corporate and non-profit organizations.

Future Speakers

Season Passes are now sold out!

Mayor Don Iveson - Thursday, January 30
Tanya Talaga - Wednesday, April 22 (
Monica Lewinsky - Tuesday, May 19 (
Terry O'Reilly - Tuesday, September 15 (THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED)
Michael Landsberg - Tuesday, November 3 (THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED)

Past Speakers

Mayor Don Iveson

In a few decades, over two million people could be calling Edmonton home. Our growth is a reflection of our economic strength and quality of life, but growing sustainably, not just growth itself, should be our main goal. That is where Edmonton’s City Plan comes in. Mayor Don Iveson was joined by young Edmonton leaders Kaelin Koufogiannakis and Robyn Taylor to  discuss what it takes to build the Edmonton of tomorrow, including how we can plan for a city that will attract talent and offer generations of Edmontonians a good quality of life and a bright economic future. This presentation can also be viewed online:

You can also listen to our interview with Mayor Don Iveson on our podcast, Overdue Finds.

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