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.

Close Encounters of the Colonial Kind: Part 2 (ep 347) MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs

This week: our return to the realm of IZ, the personification of critical Indigenous studies as imagined by MEDIA INDIGENA regular Kim TallBear (University of Alberta professor of Native Studies), a character she embodied in her keynote at “Of the Land and Water: Indigenous Sexualities, Genders and Ways of Being,” hosted earlier this year in Whitehorse by the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. And in this back half of the adventures of IZ (missed the first half? catch it here), we hear her thoughts about a pair of close encounters: the first, “IZ Speaks Back,” a virtual date with a tiny troop of technophiles hoping to hear some extraterrestrial intel ; the other, “IZ Confesses,” a slick if surreal soirée celebrating racial diversity in science. Making space once again for Kim’s other worldly explorations, host/producer Rick Harp along with audio producer and MI editor, Cassidy Villebrun-Buracas. CREDITS: ♬ ‘Futuristic Sci-fi Arpeggio,’ ‘Nebula Soundscape’ and ‘Space Journey Through Nebulae and Galaxy’ by UNIVERSFIELD (CC BY-SA 4.0); ‘Shit September’ by Gagmesharkoff (CC BY 4.0); ‘Your Choice’ by Audio Hero via; ‘at the whale game’ by Jean Toba (CC BY-SA 4.0); our program intro/xtro theme is 'nesting' by birocratic.
  1. Close Encounters of the Colonial Kind: Part 2 (ep 347)
  2. From perogies to pemmican: what can two men switched at birth tell us about Indigenous belonging? (ep 346)
  3. Spilling the beans on Indigenous involvement in the coffee trade (ep 345)
  4. A Plethora of Pretendianism: Pt 2 (ep 344)
  5. A Plethora of Pretendianism: Pt. 1 (ep 343)
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