Over the last few years we have seen a resurgence in Indigenous activism. From Idle No More to the Unist’ot’en camp, and from the anti-fracking protests in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick to the confrontation atop Burnaby Mountain, Indigenous peoples are leading the fight against climate change and destructive resource extraction and demanding that their rights and title be recognized.
But the space and funding available to Indigenous writers to tell their stories lags far behind, and election campaign coverage often doesn’t pay attention to their issues and interests. The Indigenous Reporting Fund is about changing that equation, and providing both a platform and fair pay to Indigenous journalists.
From the beginning Ricochet’s goal has been to represent French, English and Indigenous perspectives in our coverage. The IRF was founded as a stretch goal during Ricochet’s initial crowdfunder last June, and almost $8,000 was raised for it in a single day. Since then, the IRF has operated autonomously under the direction of experienced Indigenous editor Leena Minifie, and has produced dozens of articles, investigations, columns, opinion pieces and video reports.
The IRF has now expanded to produce content in French as well as English, and Leena has been joined by editor Nahka Bertrand, who is be responsible for the IRF’s francophone presence.
In addition to coordinating the content funded directly through the IRF, Leena and Nahka sit on Ricochet’s editorial board and contribute insight and perspective on all Indigenous-related content.
By relating the plights and triumphs of Indigenous people, through their voices and perspectives, we can move others to think more, know more and do more.
Below you’ll find a partial list of some of the content published by the IRF over the last nine months. Check it out, and please share this article with your friends — we need your help to reach enough people to make this fundraiser a success.
News and investigations
- Could you imagine going two months without clean water?
- Six months after Mount Polley waste spill, First Nation takes the lead on mining regulation
- International conference looks beyond crime and punishment
- Rally calls for more action from Assembly of First Nations on two-spirit and LGBTQ rights
- Let the ancestors rest in peace
- Traditional foods boost Indigenous health
- Ottawa City Council approves rezoning of sacred Algonquin site near Parliament
- Net neutrality: a new frontier for civil rights
- Indigenous camp aims to protect ancient village and trading ground from logging
- Banks Island Gold refused to shut down mine after spill in remote coastal B.C.
- Refusing cancer treatment is questionable medicine for Indigenous girls
- An inquiry isn’t the answer to murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada
- December election will determine future of Assembly of First Nations
- 25 years since first movie on residential schools, little has changed
- Atonement for Canada’s genocide must work for both sides
- How the Heiltsuk First Nation battled the DFO to save the fish — for all of us
- Most First Nations see right through Canada’s Transparency Act
- How residential schools haunt even those of us who didn’t go
- Why we need more Indigenous journalism — and how you can help
- What part of ‘no’ does Shawn Atleo not understand?
- Cindy Gladue case: a reminder the justice system is broken for Aboriginal women
- Harper v. First Nations: The assimilation agenda
- First Nations finance their own demise through land claims process
- First Nations and the federal election: An exercise in self-termination