The Native American Journalists Association will host an Opening Reception on Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Delta Hotel in Winnipeg.
NORMAN, Okla. – The Native American Journalists Association Conference Planning Committee has selected award-winning CBC broadcaster Duncan McCue as the keynote speaker of the 2023 National Native Media Conference.
McCue is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario. McCue was selected for his leadership in advocating for fostering the connection between journalism and Indigenous communities, including his latest work Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities.
McCue will speak during the Opening Reception of the conference on Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Delta Hotel at downtown Winnipeg. Discounted conference registration rates for NAJA members and general attendees are available through June 30, 2023.
NAJA Board President and Co-Chair of the Conference Committee, Graham Lee Brewer, shared that “Mainstream journalism in both the United States and Canada historically has been a venue for the justification of violence against Indigenous peoples, but there has always been Indigenous voices acting as a counterpoint to the narratives told about our communities. Duncan is one of them.
“Throughout his career he has created a framework for how to center Indigenous peoples in their own stories, and he has mentored a new generation of Native storytellers. Duncan is an important figure in the advancement of Indigenous peoples in Canadian journalism, making him the perfect keynote speaker for our return to our family up north,” he said.
McCue is currently the host of Helluva Story on CBC Radio and was also the driving force behind Kuper Island, a remarkable eight-part podcast series on residential schools. McCue has been with CBC News for 25 years. In addition to hosting CBC Radio One’s Cross Country Checkup, he has been a longstanding correspondent for CBC-TV’s flagship news show, The National.
Over the years he developed a unique online resource, Reporting in Indigenous Communities, which inspired his latest work, Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities. McCue is also the author of The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir. McCue studied English at the University of King’s College, then did his law degree at University of British Columbia. Read Duncan McCue’s full biography here.
The Native American Journalists Association serves more than 900 members, including media professionals working in tribal, freelance, independent and mainstream news outlets, as well as academia and students covering Indigenous communities and representing tribal nations from across North America.