TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - To promote Indigenous voices and issues in the media, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), together with CBC News, is now accepting applications to its CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships program.
This annual award provides a unique opportunity to two early-career Indigenous journalists, with one-to-10 years' experience, to explore Indigenous issues while being hosted for one month at the CBC's Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. The deadline is Feb. 16, 2018.
"It is difficult for young writers—and particularly Indigenous writers—to access the training, resources and time to do the storytelling we need to do," says Julian Brave NoiseCat, one of two 2017 fellows who is also a contributor to The Guardian and a 350.org policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. "It takes resources and relationships to have the opportunity to get out into the field to report and tell the stories of our people—which is exactly what the CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowship provided."
A $3,000 stipend, all associated travel and accommodation costs, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses, will be covered by the CJF.
Brave NoiseCat, an enrolled member of Canim Lake Band Tsq'escen and a descendant of Lil'Wat Nation, both in British Columbia, used the fellowship to cover the annual Tribal Canoe Journey. The journey, different every year, brings together Indigenous communities from throughout the U.S. and Canadian Pacific Northwest. Read about his experience, including links to his pieces.
The other 2017 fellow was Lenard Monkman, an Anishinaabe from Lake Manitoba First Nation, co-founder of Red Rising Magazine and an associate producer for CBC Indigenous in Winnipeg. Read about Monkman's experience and see his coverage of a three-day Indigenous cultural camp in Manitoba's Whiteshell Provincial Park.
This year's recipients will be recognized at the CJF Awards at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 14, 2018. Early-bird rates for tickets and tables are available until Jan. 31, 2018.
Thank you to CN, along with individual donors Rosemary Speirs, a CJF honorary director, and Isabel Bassett, former chair and CEO of TVO, for their generous support of this award.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers' series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, Phone: 416-955-0396, E-mail: email@example.com