Toronto – April 18, 2017 – Julian Brave NoiseCat and Lenard Monkman are this year’s recipients of the CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, established to encourage Indigenous voices and better understanding of Indigenous issues in Canada’s major media and community outlets.
"Brave NoiseCat and Monkman have impressive records for young journalists, and the jury is keen to see both focus their storytelling talent and energy on the projects they pitched to CBC Indigenous,” says Duncan McCue, jury co-chair and host of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup. “Both projects aim to take audiences deeper into the cultural and spiritual lives of Indigenous peoples. The jury is confident they will be able to use the fellowships to produce journalism that offers Canadians a window into the contemporary values of Indigenous peoples."
Brave NoiseCat, an enrolled member of Canim Lake Band Tsq'escen and a descendant of Lil'Wat Nation, both in British Columbia, is a New York-based freelance writer. His proposal involves covering the annual Tribal Canoe Journey as a window into issues of cultural resurgence, trans-national indigenous connection and political struggle. The journey, different every year, brings together indigenous communities from throughout the U.S. and Canadian Pacific Northwest.
Monkman, an Anishinaabe journalist from Lake Manitoba First Nation, is co-founder of Red Rising Magazine and an associate producer for CBC Indigenous in Winnipeg. He will cover a three-day cultural camp in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park, which features traditional ceremonies, Anishinaabe tattooing, moccasin games and a water walk, to report on the ceremonies’ meaning for Indigenous people.



Encouraging Indigenous voices and issues in the media

The CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships are offered to two Indigenous journalists with one to ten years of experience. The award aims to foster better comprehension of Indigenous issues in Canada's major media and community outlets. 

Successful applicants will:

• Spend one month (June, September or October, 2017) with CBC News at its Indigenous centre in Winnipeg (
• Have a training stipend of $3,000, all associated travel and accommodation, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses, provided by The Canadian Journalism Foundation.
• Be recognized at the CJF Awards on June 8, 2017 in Toronto.
• Write or produce an article/piece or series upon completion of their fellowship opportunity, which will be considered for publication or broadcast by CBC News.


Applications will be welcomed from Indigenous journalists who, for one to ten years, have been employed by, are under contract to, or are freelancing on the news and editorial side of regularly published newspapers and periodicals, television, radio, or online sites.

How to Apply

  • Submit a detailed proposal of no more than two pages outlining how you would like to use this opportunity to expand knowledge of a key Indigenous issue.
  • Provide links to two examples of your work.
  • Include your resume.
  • Include at least one letter of recommendation from a relevant employer.

The recipient will be selected by a jury. All arrangements for the award assignment will be made in consultation with award winners.


For information, contact:
Natalie Turvey
Executive Director
The Canadian Journalism Foundation

Photo: CNW/Shan Qiao for The Canadian Journalism Foundation


Click the links to read about each fellowship experience.

Stephanie Cram
Trevor Jang

Nikki Wiart
Wawmeesh G. Hamilton

Chantelle Bellrichard

The fellows will receive a training stipend of $3,000. All associated travel and accommodation, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses will also be provided by the CJF.






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