Launched in 2014 after a successful pilot program ‘The Northern Ontario Initiative’, the now multi-award winning Indigenous Reporters Program seeks to increase the quality and quantity of Indigenous stories and voices in media in Canada.

To achieve this the program

  • Works directly in and with Indigenous communities, engaging interested community members on journalism and media literacy capacity building programming.
  • Creates pathways of opportunities for Indigenous peoples to pursue careers in journalism through internship, mentorship and networking opportunities ultimately strengthening Indigenous voices in Canadian media.
  • Engages and trains non-Indigenous journalists and journalism students on best practices for reporting on Indigenous stories to ensure stories are reported on with more accuracy, frequency, and offer better informed perspectives.

With better coverage, people across Canada can have a better understanding of Indigenous stories and the media can better reflect the diverse voices in the country.

JHR has also published a series of reports through the program. Including, Buried Voices and Buried Voices: Changing Tones which examined the frequency of Indigenous coverage in Ontario media from 2010 to 2013 and 2013 to 2016, respectfully. And, Emerging Voices, a dual examination into access to post-secondary journalism education for Indigenous youth in Ontario, and what post-secondary journalism programs in the province are doing to implement TRC Call to Action #86. Read the studies in the publications page, here.

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Announcing Award for Outstanding Work by an Indigenous Youth Reporter supported by RBC Future Launch

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