NAJA releases Indigenous Media Guides for reporting on First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities

The Native American Journalists Association releases three new guides in three languages with support from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

In coordination with National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021 in Canada, the Native American Journalists Association released three Indigenous Media Guides for reporting on First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

With support from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) and in partnership with APTN News, the guides have been published in English, Spanish and French. Each guide, featured at the bottom, is unique and recognizes the importance of including Indigenous culture, language and historical contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada in ethical coverage of those communities. 

The Indigenous Media Guides also feature First Nations, Inuit and Métis artwork.

As part of its mission, NAJA recognizes Indigenous people as distinct and grounded in tradition and culture. In this spirit, NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility when reporting on Indigenous issues. 

The Indigenous Media Guides will help reporters meet these standards by providing a context checklist to consider when reporting on First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. No two tribal nations are the same and reporting on them effectively requires an understanding of the government, economy, geography, treaties, people and culture. 

Additional reporting resources are available at www.naja.com.

About the Native American Journalists Association
The Native American Journalists Association serves more than 850 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. 

About the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) is committed both to supporting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and to freedom of expression. CCUNESCO serves as a bridge between Canadians and the vital work of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Through its networks and partners, the Commission promotes UNESCO’s values, priorities and programs in Canada and brings the voices of Canadian experts to the international stage.

No two First Nations in Canada are the same and reporting on them effectively requires understanding their respective governments, people, history, art, and environment. The NAJA media guide for reporting on First Nations helps journalists learn about the complexities of First Nations and their varied communities. View and download the guide in English, French and Spanish below.
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Reporting on Inuit Communities in Nunavut, Canada, effectively requires understanding their respective government, people, history, art and environment. The NAJA media guide for reporting on Inuit communities is a tool for journalists to learn about the complexities of Inuit and their varied communities. View and download the guide in English, French and Spanish below.
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Reporting on Métis communities in the Metis National Council effectively requires understanding their respective
government, people, history, art and environment. The NAJA media guide for reporting on Metis communities in the Metis National Council is a tool for journalists to learn about the complexities of Metis and their varied communities. View and download the guide in English, French and Spanish below.
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