TORONTO, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Canada's leading media development
organization, Journalists for Human Rights, launches the Northern
Ontario Initiative, a project to increase Aboriginal Canadians'
participation in local and national media.
Working in remote Aboriginal communities over one year, the Northern
Ontario Initiative, supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an
agency of the Government of Ontario, and Accenture Canada, will provide
mentorship and professional journalism training for thirty aspiring
journalists, based in remote Aboriginal communities, to produce reports
and articles that will be published and broadcast by Aboriginal and
The project will bring Aboriginal community members and mainstream and
Aboriginal media together to report on Aboriginal and Northern issues
with professionalism, objectivity, and deep contextual understanding.
The project will help strengthen media coverage of Northern Ontario
Aboriginal issues by creating a team of local journalists reporting
from communities that currently lack local correspondents.
"Journalists for Human Rights is delighted to be partnering with Wawatay
Native Communications Society and Aboriginal communities in Ontario on
this important initiative," said Rachel Pulfer, Executive Director of
Journalists for Human Rights. "We will work with talented young
Aboriginal journalists on skills that will enable them to report on
issues facing their communities to both Aboriginal and mainstream
audiences. This project will build bridges between Aboriginal and
mainstream communities, and open up a constructive public conversation
on common issues."
"This partnership is a great benefit for everyone concerned, not only
for our communities and Wawatay, but for all of Ontario as well," said
Michael Metatawabin, Chair of the Board of Wawatay
Native Communications Society. "The opportunity is there for our
members to provide stories to other news outlets in the south. This
will allow grassroots perspectives and understandings to be shared,
especially as it relates to development in the north."
Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is Canada's leading media development
organization. JHR helps journalists build their capacity to report
ethically and effectively on human rights and governance issues in
their communities. In ten years of operation, JHR has trained over
12,000 journalists and their stories have reached over 50 million
SOURCE: jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)
For further information:
Claire Hastings, Community Engagement Director
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