APTN brings important Indigenous conversations to #CAJ17

OTTAWA, March 31, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is proud to amplify the voices of Indigenous journalists and stories, in partnership with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, during its annual national conference in Ottawa on April 28-29.

APTN journalists will take part in a host of panels on various topics throughout the two-day conference, including sessions on telling ambitious stories and effectively and responsibly covering the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

APTN's Jorge Barrera will join The Globe and Mail's Robert Fife for a conversation on how journalists can pursue the big story while managing other demands on their time. Conference attendees will also hear from APTN reporter Tina House and family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women. They'll talk about how journalists should be covering #MMIW, what they often get wrong, and how to do better.

#CAJ17 delegates will also see the work of John Murray, APTN's inaugural Fellow for Aboriginal Investigative Journalism. Murray will screen his documentary on a lack of healthcare equality in Canada for First Nations people—and then sit down for a Q&A.

Registration is currently open for this two-day conference, with fees starting at $249 plus HST for CAJ members for the full weekend, including a ticket to the conference banquet and gala. Rates for unemployed journalists and CAJ student members start at $75. Discounts are available for CAJ Award finalists as well as those registering in a group. These early bird rates will rise after April 21.

For those intending to stay at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, conference room rates starting at $169 plus taxes for a single room are still available. Check the Ottawa conference page on our website for more details.

The CAJ is Canada's largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing more than 500 members across the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.

SOURCE Canadian Association of Journalists

For further information: Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ President, Phone: 647.968.2393, Email: nick@caj.ca

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