TORONTO, May 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Chantelle Bellrichard has been awarded The Canadian Journalism Foundation's inaugural CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship.
Bellrichard, an associate producer at CBC Vancouver and a web developer
at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, will use this opportunity to
explore the newly implemented First Nations health governance model in
British Columbia. Bellrichard's mixed heritage includes Métis ancestry.
"Chantelle impressed us with her proposal to investigate new models for
health-care delivery in Aboriginal communities," says Robert Lewis, co-chair of the jury. "As well, she had a portfolio of previously
published work for CBC and The Tyee and evinced a commitment to exploration and investigation."
The fellowship allows an Aboriginal journalist early in his or her
career the opportunity to explore an issue of interest to First
Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples while being hosted by CBC News for one
month at its new Aboriginal centre in Winnipeg (www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal). The story or series resulting from the experience will be considered
for publication or broadcast by CBC News. A stipend of $3,000, all
associated travel and accommodation costs, a per diem for meals and
other reasonable expenses, will be covered by the CJF
"The governance model is meant to address the disparity between
health-care services for First Nations and those received by the
general public," says Bellrichard. "When it comes to Aboriginal health,
I would like to look beyond the grim statistics and focus on what's
being done to improve health outcomes. I want to understand the promise
of this new model and look critically at how it might precipitate
This award will be presented at the 17th Annual CJF Awards on June 4 in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York.
The fellowship was established to foster better understanding of
Aboriginal issues in Canada's major media and community outlets.
"I'm thrilled to see the enthusiasm and high quality of submissions from
several up-and-coming Aboriginal journalists and journalism students,"
says Duncan McCue, jury co-chair and a correspondent for The National of CBC News. "We need more Aboriginal reporters, period. The CJF
Aboriginal Journalism Fellowship is an important step toward
encouraging and promoting these promising voices."
Co-chair - Duncan McCue, Correspondent, The National, CBC News, and a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First
Nation in Ontario
Co-chair - Bob Lewis, Chair, ex officio, The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Nellie Cournoyea, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Jack Nagler, Director of Journalistic Public Accountability and Engagement, CBC
Melanie Paradis, Manager, Natural Resources & Aboriginal Affairs, NATIONAL Public
Paul Watson, Reporter, Aboriginal and Arctic beat, Toronto Star
Thank you to CBC News, RBC Foundation, CN and Rosemary Speirs, a member of the CJF Board, for their generous support of this award.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in
journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement through
an annual awards program; by organizing events that facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics
and students about the role of the media in Canadian society; by
supporting journalism websites, J-Source.ca English and ProjetJ.ca (French), in cooperation with the country's leading journalism schools;
and by fostering opportunities for journalism education, training and
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