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 Contributing storyteller

Eden is a nehiyaw iskwew (a Cree woman), and a multidisciplinary artist from the Sweetgrass First Nation in Treaty 6 territory. She joins IndigiNews as Business Aunty and contributing storyteller, where she writes stories for the website and a newsletter each week to IndigiNews subscribers, while fundraising for and generally taking care of business at IndigiNews. She is an uninvited guest on the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqeum),  Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) people.

Odette Auger, an Anishinaabe woman with long dark hair and light eyes, smiles softly at the camera. The wooden wall of a building can be seen behind her.

Odette Auger (she/her)

Managing Editor and Contributing Storyteller

Odette is Sagamok Anishnawbek through her mother. As a freelance journalist, Odette’s bylines include Watershed Sentinel, The Resolve, La Converse, The Tyee, Asparagus Magazine, and APTN National News. Odette lives on Klahoose, Homalco, and Tla’amin territories (Cortes Island).

Cara McKenna

Freelance Editor and Senior Aunty

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

Senior Communications Aunty and Contributing 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 is IndigiNews’ Communications Aunty, Senior Aunty and Contributing Storyteller. She currently resides on the Snuneymuxw First Nation with her partner, and three children. 

Kaila Jefferd-Moore (she/her)

Associate Editor

Kaila is a writer, thinker, and questioner of all kinds, who brings her journalism expertise to IndigiNews as Managing Editor. A culmination of her experiences and privileges, Kaila is Haida and Canadian, born within the Coast Salish territory of the Snuneymuxw in British Columbia, though raised in Inuuvik, Northwest Territories on Gwich’in and Inuvialuit lands. She currently lives in Ta’an Kwäch’än and Kwanlin Dün territory.

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.

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