Virtual Storytellers Lodge — you’re invited

Decolonize The Media

Journalism is changing. With the inclusion of Indigenous people in the media sector, the way we report on Indigenous communities is naturally evolving. Every journalist needs the tools to practice trauma-informed, anti-oppressive storytelling, especially when writing about Indigenous communities. However, we hope that this training finds its way into all newsrooms and permanently changes newsroom culture.

IndigiNews invites all professional journalists and all Indigenous, Inuit and Metis Kin to our next Decolonize the Media training on June 22, 23 and 24.

The training includes sessions on understanding the Indigenous worldview, decolonization as it pertains to journalism, self-location and positionality, best practices on trauma-informed reporting, and the harms of performative allyship in the newsroom, and how you can do better.

Because of the gravity of the work and the engagement required, we are capping the training at 75 folks so that we can deliver the best learning opportunity possible.

Join us in our Storytelling Lodge. See the full schedule below.

Learning Protocols

Because of the teachings we will be sharing we will be following Indigenous protocols of engagement. So how we have consecutively structured this training, each day’s training builds on the previous day’s lessons. Therefore, all three days must be attended. If you cannot attend all three days, please do not register for this session. Those who are not present on Day 1 will not be allowed to attend Day 2, and so on. This protocol is also intended to create and maintain a safe space for all participants, wherein learning and understanding can grow.

No refunds will be offered for those who do not attend all three days of training.

Corporate / Professional

IndigiNews’ Decolonize the Media Training is an opportunity for you to spend your professional development budget to learn important reporting practices and protocols to respectfully engage with Indigenous communities as a member of the media.


Small businesses and Non-profits

IndigiNews is committed to offering accessible training to members of community journalism and non-profit organisations.


First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Indigenous Peoples & communities

IndigiNews wants to provide resources to our community so that we can all better understand how the media impacts us. Our hope is that this training will help our cuzzins feel seen and give them the tools we need to protect our spirits while staying informed.


Day One: The Canoe Journey Begins

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. PST

  • 9:00 (15 minutes): Housekeeping, self-location and kinship protocols
  • 9:15 (90 minutes): Understanding The Indigenous Worldview
  • 10:45 (15 minutes): Break
  • 11:00 (90 minutes): Assessing Your Self-Location & Positionality
  • 12:30 (60 min): Nutrition & movement Break  (Lunch)
  • 1:30 (60 min): Break-out room discussion to unpack the day’s sessions
  • 2:30  Day over

Day Two: Unpacking The Canoe

9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST

  • 9am (15 minutes):  Housekeeping, self-location and kinship protocols
  • 9:15 (90 minutes): Best Practices in Trauma-Informed Journalism
  • 10:45 (15 minutes): Break
  • 11:00 (60 minutes): Reporting on the Climate Crisis
  • 12:00 (60 minutes): Nutrition & body Break
  • 1:00 (60 minutes): Break-out room discussion to unpack the day’s sessions
  • 2:00 Day over

Day Three: Preparing Your Own Canoe

9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

  • 9am (15 minutes): Housekeeping, self-location and kinship protocols
  • 9:15 (90 minutes): Allyship vs. Accompliceship
  • 10:45 (15 minutes): Break
  • 11:00 (60 minutes): Moving Forward: Realistic Solutions for Your Newsroom 
  • 12:00 (60 min): Nutrition & body Break
  • 1:00 (120 minutes): Moving Forward: Supporting Each Other and Holding Each of Us Accountable
  • 2:30 (30 minutes): Q&A/ Discussion
  • 3:00 Day over

Register for the Virtual Storytellers Lodge

Help us raise $25,000 to get justice for Indigenous families who have lost their children

We just want to know what happened to our Indigenous children — and we’re continuing to fight for answers. On June 12 and 13, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) is taking B.C’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and IndigiNews to the B.C Supreme Court. Why? To keep redacted documents from our storytellers. What is MCFD fighting so hard to hide?

We want answers. Will you pitch in so we can continue to hold colonial institutions accountable?

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