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Canadian Journalism Foundation

Charnel Anderson and Logan Perley are the recipients of this year's CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, established to encourage Indigenous voices and a better understanding of Indigenous issues.

The award allows two early-career Indigenous journalists the opportunity to explore issues of interest while being hosted by CBC News for one month at its Indigenous Centre in Winnipeg.

Charnel Anderson, a member of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek in northwestern Ontario and a freelance journalist based in Toronto, plans to examine the Indigenous-led policies — including those under the First Nations Lands Management Act — which allow First Nations some exemptions from the Indian Act and help other communities in their pursuit of self-determination. 

Logan Perley is Wolastoqew from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick, and is in his final year of journalism and native studies at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. He will mark the UN's International Year of Indigenous languages by exploring the education initiatives aimed at revitalizing the endangered Wolastoqew language, which has fewer than 100 fluent speakers.

"The competition was close, with many original and creative ideas," says jury member Karyn Pugliese, executive director of news and current affairs for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). "The winners inspired us with their pitches and impressed us with their talent," Pugliese adds. "I cannot wait for people to consume their finished work."

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

The awards will be presented at the CJF Awards (#CJFawards) on June 13 in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York. Tickets, tables, and sponsorship opportunities are available.


Co-chair - Duncan McCue, host, Cross Country Checkup, CBC Radio

Co-chair - Bob Lewis, honorary governor, The Canadian Journalism Foundation

Stephanie Brown, senior producer, CBC Indigenous Unit, CBC News

Norma Dunning, Inuit writer, scholar, and researcher

Karyn Pugliese, executive director, News and Current Affairs, APTN

Tanya Talaga, author and Indigenous issues columnist, Toronto Star

Thank you to RBC Foundation, 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

Founded in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism. The foundation runs a prestigious awards and fellowships program featuring an industry gala where news leaders, journalists, and corporate Canada gather to celebrate outstanding journalistic achievement and the value of professional journalism. Through monthly J-Talks, a public speakers' series, the CJF facilitates 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.

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