Canadian Journalism Foundation/CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships Announced

TORONTO, April 18, 2017 /CNW/ - 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.

Originally established as a single fellowship opportunity, the award has since expanded to allow two Indigenous journalists early in their careers the opportunity to explore issues of interest while being hosted by CBC News for one month at its Indigenous Centre in Winnipeg(

The story or series resulting from the fellowship experiences will be considered for publication or broadcast by CBC News. CJF provides a $3,000 stipend, all associated travel and accommodation costs, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses for each fellow.

Past recipients include Stephanie Cram, Trevor Jang, Nikki Wiart, Wawmeesh G. Hamilton and Chantelle Bellrichard.

The awards will be presented at the CJF Awards on June 8 in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York. Follow #CJFawards on Twitter.


Co-chair - Duncan McCue, host, Cross Country Checkup, CBC Radio, and a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in Ontario
Co-chair - Bob Lewis, honorary governor, The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Kathy English, public editor, Toronto Star
Jack Nagler, director of Journalistic Public Accountability and Engagement, CBC News
Karyn Pugliese, executive director, news and current affairs, APTN

Thank you to RBC Foundation, CN, CJF honorary governor Rosemary Speirs and Isabel Bassett, former chair and CEO of TVO, for their generous support of these fellowships.

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 fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation

For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0394,


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