Indigenous media engagement

This team is focused on how Indigenous media makers articulate Indigenous concerns to multiple publics through diverse media forms. They will develop quantitative and qualitative analysis of current practices in Indigenous-focused media initiatives. It considers how Indigenous media makers might inform and enhance best practices for the dissemination of Indigenous scholarship to broader audiences without diminishing necessary historical and cultural contexts.

The team has partnered with Indigenous media makers to develop recommendations for more accurate and culturally-informed media practices and will design and facilitate media training to share these practices. 

Research Team

Industry Partner

Candis Callison PhD

Associate Profesor

School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, and Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, University of British Columbia

Daniel Justice PhD


Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture, University of British Columbia

Rick Harp

Founder/President of the INDIGENA Creative Group

Producer and host of the MEDIA INDIGENA podcast.

Theme news

Callison and Tworek

Callison and Tworek named Canada Research Chairs

Two members of the Global Journalism Innovation Lab team, Candis Callison and Heidi Tworek, have been appointed as Canada Research …
Raccoon book cover

Daniel Justice reveals hidden life of Raccoons

GJIL researcher Daniel Justice’s new book Raccoon is out, and will be launched virtually …
Mary Lynn Young and Candis Callison

New book, Reckoning, by Candis Callison and Mary-Lynn Young

Candis Callison and Mary Lynn Young’s new book explores multiple critiques of journalism …

Industry Partner Podcast

An Indigenous-owned and operated current affairs podcast, MEDIA INDIGENA also features first peoples news, views and creative expression. MEDIA INDIGENA has partnered with the Global Journalism Innovation Lab since 2022.

Is the Supreme Court ruling on Canada's Indigenous child welfare law a victory for the status quo? (ep 341) MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs

On this week’s Indigenous round table: legal limbo? Did the Supreme Court's recent rejection of Quebec’s constitutional challenge to Bill C-92 really cement the self-determination of Indigenous peoples on child welfare? Or did it seal in the status quo, one where the feds still hold all the cards and all the funds? A ruling described as “very beautiful” by one leader, hailed as paving “the road… for the transfer of authority” by another, such celebrations risk missing the core point of C-92’s critics: that it was always a half measure, keeping full authority and jurisdiction in the grips of the Canadian government. Making the supreme hype about the Supreme Court’s ruling all the more puzzling. Now that the pixie dust has settled, MEDIA INDIGENA regulars Brock Pitawanakwat (associate professor of Indigenous Studies at York University) and Ken Williams (associate professor with the University of Alberta’s department of drama) joined host/producer Rick Harp to try and decipher where things now stand after the ruling, drawing on the perspective of well-known child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society. // CREDITS: Our theme is 'nesting' by birocratic. Other music (i.e., bridges to and from Cindy Blackstock interview) sourced from
  1. Is the Supreme Court ruling on Canada's Indigenous child welfare law a victory for the status quo? (ep 341)
  2. Unflagging settler colonialism in Minnesota / Mni Sóta Makoce (ep 340)
  3. The 'clean, green' face of colonialism (ep 339)
  4. Shaping a Syllabus for Indigenous Podcast Studies (ep 338)
  5. CN Indigenous advisory board goes off the rails (ep 337)
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