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 (www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous).