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Miles Morrisseau is back with ICT, this time as a special correspondent covering Indigenous communities north of the medicine line.

Morrisseau, Métis Nation, has a long history with the organization; he was editor-in-chief of Indian Country Today in 1999.

His role as special correspondent focuses on covering Canada, the Arctic and international Indigenous stories. 

He rejoined ICT because he wanted a “place that is supportive of Indigenous journalism and the perspective that we can bring from our experiences, our communities — all the things that make our voices unique.”

It was around November 2021 that he contacted friend and now editor-at-large Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock. ICT was eager to have someone report from Canada.

“It is a wide spectrum that I’ll be reporting on,” Morrisseau said. “There’s a lot of stories out there so it’s good to have that freedom to cover any beat that’s out there.”

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"We are delighted to have Miles Morrisseau as a special correspondent in Canada. Miles is a former editor at Indian Country Today, an experienced journalist with a broad perspective on the issues facing First Nations people. He's also an expert on hockey and music — a great combination,” Dianna Hunt, senior editor at ICT, said.

Morrisseau attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario initially to learn about advertising. But he was soon exposed to other Indigenous students from across Canada who were interested in telling their stories. He then switched paths to attend the college’s Program in Journalism for Native People.

“It gave Canada a lot of important voices,” he said of the program. 

Very shortly after Morrisseau graduated in 1985, he worked at CBC Radio in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a writer and broadcaster.

Thereafter he worked in various positions as a national syndicated columnist, broadcaster, editor, program officer, producer, director of communications, program director and a radio on-air personality.

His awards include Best General News Article from the Native American Journalists Association in 1993 and Best Native American Monthly for Nativebeat – The beat of a different drum in 1993.

He said he feels as if ICT is a safe space where he knows his stories are being treated with care. He appreciates the attention to improve the stories through edits and questions, making the work better.

“I’ve been out on my own a lot and it’s really good to have that kind of support that’s there,” he said.

In his free time, he likes to learn about traditional activities and skills that have value like tapping a maple tree for its syrup with his family. He has also been a project coordinator for the Misipawistik Cree Nation Language Camp and the Anishinabekwewag Grandmother’s Circle Language Project.

Readers can find Morrisseau’s work for ICT here

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