Meet the team


Our reporters are currently covering the Okanagan ValleyVancouver Island and the ancestral and unceded homelands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples.

IndigiNews was created through a partnership between Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and The Discourse. The goal of this partnership is two-fold: first, to provide journalism that serves and is driven by what local communities say they want. Second, to experiment with new business models for digital local news that contribute to the long-term sustainability of independent Indigenous news in Canada.


Eden Fineday (she/her)

Growth & Revenue Aunty and Storyteller

Eden is a nehiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) from the Sweetgrass First Nation in Treaty 6 territory. She joins IndigiNews as Business Aunty and Storyteller, where she writes the newsletter each week for IndigiNews subscribers, and occasionally pens stories and op-eds. As Business Aunty, Eden is responsible for fundraising and partnerships at IndigiNews. She is an a grateful but uninvited guest on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqeum),  Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) people.

Cara McKenna (she/her)

Editor

Cara is a storyteller and editor of Alberta Métis and Irish/settler descent. 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.

Anna McKenzie (she/her)

Aunty and Storyteller

Anna is IndigiNews’ Socials Aunty, Senior Aunty and Storyteller.On her fathers side, Anna is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation with Scots Métis roots from Cumberland House, Saskatchewan. Her mother is a first generation Canadian whose parents immigrated from England and Ireland. She currently resides on the Snuneymuxw First Nation with her partner and three children. 

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.

Apply for our paid Indigenous storyteller mentorship program!

Calling all Indigenous storytellers!

We’re looking for emerging storytellers to take part in our paid IndigiNews Mentorship Program. No journalism experience necessary.

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