Canadian Journalism Foundation/CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships Announced

Toronto – April 12, 2019 – 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—that 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.


Encouraging Indigenous voices and issues in the media

The CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships are offered to two Indigenous journalists with one to ten years of experience. The award aims to foster better comprehension of Indigenous issues in Canada's major media and community outlets. 

Successful applicants will:

• Spend one month (June, September or October, 2019) with the CBC News Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg (
• Have a training stipend of $3,000, all associated travel and accommodation, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses, provided by The Canadian Journalism Foundation.
• Be recognized at the CJF Awards June 13, 2019 in Toronto.
• Write or produce an article/piece or series upon completion of their fellowship opportunity, which will be considered for publication or broadcast by CBC News.


Applications will be welcomed from Indigenous journalists who, for one to ten years, have been employed by, are under contract to, or are freelancing on the news and editorial side of regularly published newspapers and periodicals, television, radio, or online sites.

How to Apply

  • Submit a detailed proposal of no more than two pages outlining how you would like to use this opportunity to expand knowledge of a key Indigenous issue.
  • Provide links to two examples of your work.
  • Include your resume.
  • Include at least one letter of recommendation from a relevant employer.

The recipient will be selected by a jury. All arrangements for the award assignment will be made in consultation with award winners.

Judging Methodology
The judging panel is comprised of four to eight jurors who review all submitted entries through an online portal, rank the entries and then attend a face-to-face meeting or participate via conference call with their rankings to agree upon the recipients of the award. The recipients are announced in April or May, and are recognized at the annual CJF Awards gala held in Toronto.

For information, contact:
Natalie Turvey
President and Executive Director
The Canadian Journalism Foundation



Click the links to read about each fellowship experience.

Jasmine Kabatay
Ntawnis Piapot

Lenard Monkman
Julian Brave NoiseCat 

Stephanie Cram
Trevor Jang

Nikki Wiart
Wawmeesh G. Hamilton

Chantelle Bellrichard

The fellows will receive a training stipend of $3,000. All associated travel and accommodation, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses will also be provided by the CJF.





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