Meet The Team


IndigiNews is Indigenous-led journalism that does news differently. Our storytellers tell stories from across our Indigenous homelands while practicing trauma-informed, culturally relevant and respectful journalism.

IndigiNews was created through a partnership between Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and The Discourse.


Cara McKenna (she/her)

Editor

Cara is of Alberta Métis and Irish/settler descent. She is the editor of IndigiNews. She has worked in newsrooms across the country, including the Globe and Mail, APTN National News and the Canadian Press. She is also the former editor of the Salish Sea Sentinel magazine. Along with editing at IndigiNews, Cara is currently working on completing her BFA in Creative Writing at UBC.

A beautiful Cree woman in a pink sweater smiles softly at the camera.
Anna McKenzie, IndigiNews’ new Senior Communications Aunty. Submitted photo

Anna McKenzie (she/her)

Storyteller, Vancouver Island

Anna is a storyteller with IndigiNews with a focus on Indigenous child welfare issues. Through her father, she is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Anna also has Scots Métis roots from Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, through her mooshum (Grandfather) Murray McKenzie. Her mother is a first generation Canadian whose parents immigrated from England and Ireland. She currently resides on the Snuneymuxw First Nation with her daughter.

Aaron Hemens

Storyteller, Okanagan

Aaron Hemens is a photographer, journalist and visitor in unceded syilx territory. He is Filipino on his mom’s side, and has both French and British roots on his dad’s.
As a settler, he is committed to learning and unlearning in his role as Okanagan Storyteller, and to accurately and respectfully tell stories of Indigenous peoples throughout the region.Aaron’s work is supported in part with funding from the Local Journalism Initiative in partnership with The Discourse and APTN.

Savannah Minoose (she/her)

Social Media Aunty

Savannah is Metis and Cree from the Kikino Metis Settlement and Cold Lake First Nation in Treaty 6 Territory. Savannah has a background in broadcast journalism, digital marketing, and communications. When she isn’t working with IndigiNews, she is healing her inner child.

Kayla MacInnis (she/her)

Contributing editor

Kayla MacInnis is an âpihtawikosisân iskwew who, in her work, mixes the visual and written worlds. Born in misâskwatômina (Saskatoon), she is a displaced Polish/Ukrainian & Scottish settler on her mother’s side and Métis from the Red River settlement on her father’s. Kayla hopes to inspire people to find different ways to connect with themselves and one another. She is currently in the final year of her Bachelor’s in Journalism and Creative Writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Darla Antoine

Contributing Cultural Editor

Darla Antoine is of Syilx and settler ancestry. She has a M.A. in intercultural communication and is a culturally responsive editor. Darla has over 20 years of experience in journalism including working for Native America Calling and ICT. She currently splits her time between Washington State and Costa Rica.

Dionne Phillips

Storyteller, Secwepemcúlecw

Dionne is Secwépemc on her father’s side and has Nuxalk and Cree roots on her mother’s side. She currently resides in her home territory of the Xats̓úll First Nation. Dionne started her journey of becoming a storyteller as a mentee with Indiginews. Now, she is excited to use the knowledge she learned to tell the stories from all over Secwepemcúl’ecw.

Meral Jamal

Storyteller, Indigenous Law

Meral is a storyteller with IndigiNews, focusing on Indigenous law and governance. Her family is from India and she was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates before moving to Canada for university in 2017. Meral is a visitor in Inuit Nunangat and currently lives in Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut.

Breanne Massey

Storyteller, Indigenous Law

Breanne Massey is focused on sharing stories about the national impacts of the legal system as a storyteller for IndigiNews’ newest beat, Indigenous Law, funded by the Local Journalism Initiative. She is a member of the Métis Nation of BC with family ties going back to York Factory National Historic Site in northeastern Manitoba. She is focused on bridging the gap in journalism between all nations. Breanne is a graduate of Thompson Rivers University’s journalism school and holds a Diploma of Visual Arts.

Eden Fineday (she/her)

Publisher

Eden is a nehiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) from the Sweetgrass First Nation in Treaty 6 territory and the publisher of IndigiNews. She endeavours to be a good relation as an uninvited guest on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqeum),  Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples.

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