Beyond Missing and Murdered Women: Covering Indigenous Communities
It's 2016: Has coverage of Indigenous issues shifted from niche media to the mainstream? In addition to several news organizations’ award-winning reportage on missing and murdered indigenous women, ground-level changes—such as the creation of dedicated beats, units, internships and university courses—are intended to bring greater awareness to the history and challenges faced by the Indigenous community. Does this signal progress and hope for sustained coverage for a community traditionally underserved by the media? Join Lenny Carpenter, program manager of the Indigenous Reporters Program for Journalists for Human Rights; Karyn Pugliese, executive director of News and Current Affairs for APTN; Tanya Talaga, reporter with the Toronto Star; Connie Walker, investigative reporter for CBC News; and moderator Duncan McCue, host of Cross Country Checkup (CBC Radio One), for a conversation on the state of the media on Indigenous affairs in Canada's new era of truth and reconciliation. Ahead of the event, take a look at JHR's report Buried Voices: Changing Tones, an examination of media coverage of Indigenous issues in Ontario.
Ten years ago she couldn't get anyone to care but now there are television shows, coverage, and an appetite she hasn't seen before.
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:21:08 AM
Lenny came from a small community and a lot of times he'd be proud of his stories, wishing they'd get more coverage. What kept him going is knowing journalists are historical scribes. Historians will look back on our work to look at what went on in society and Lenny said he wanted to document what was happening in his community.
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:21:45 AM
Tanya says there's a time and place for everything. "Keep writing," she says.
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:22:16 AM
Sometimes there are stories that need to find their time. Keep the stories with you. Release them when you want to.
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:22:52 AM
Connie says there's a community now of Indigenous journalists she's relied on. It wasn't always there.
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:23:23 AM
Karyn adds that there's more than one place to tell the story.
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:24:07 AM
Duncan says everyone wanted to answer this question because they've all felt that way. "Take care of yourself," he says.
Question: How do we engage with Indigenous communities and reconcile with them?
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:26:54 AM
Connie says social media means it has never been easier to engage with Indigenous and remote communities. "This is a snowball," she says, highlighting the increased interest in reporting Indigenous communities. "I don't think it's going anywhere."
Tanya says stories need to come from the ground up. Duncan jokes that the CBC should get Connie a private jet.
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:28:21 AM
Karyn says you have to be creative. She once hitchhiked to and from a community. She's gone by boat, she's slept in gyms and has brought her own tent.
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:29:09 AM
Once she stayed in a cabin overrun with mice, a mattress chewed. In the morning she woke up with it all in her hair, but that's how people live in some of those communities. "You have to rely on the people," she says.
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:31:03 AM
That's all we have time for right now. If you want to find the panelists on twitter, they are: Duncan McCue @duncanmccue, Connie Walker @connie_walker, Lenny Carpenter @lennyshish, Karyn Pugliese @KarynPugliese, and Tanya Talaga @tanyatalaga.
by Jane Lytvynenko11/4/2016 12:31:45 AM
Thank you all for following along. I'm Jane Lytvynenko, you can find me at @JaneLytv.
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