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Local journalist receives national recognition at Mindset Awards

 CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Cortes Island resident and journalist Odette Auger recently received a Mindset Award for mental health reporting.

Auger began her journey in journalism with the “Deep Roots” project. The audio story initiative was a collaboration between Friends of Cortes Island Society (FOCI) and Cortes Community Radio (or “CKTZ”). Auger received guidance and training from then-local Rob Selmanovic, a CBC producer. When she began writing the grant to fund “Deep Roots” for its second year, Auger applied the lessons she had learned and decided to “invert the process” in order to “center Indigenous voices.”

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Decolonizing your teen’s bookshelf

By Jenessa Joy Klukas, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The project of decolonization requires readers, young and old, to diversify the stories they consume. 

Earlier this month IndigiNews explored a list of kids books written and illustrated by Indigenous creators, and we highlighted the need for children’s books that embrace diversity and Indigenous identity. 

To encourage our readers to keep reading, IndigiNews Education and Child Welfare Storyteller Jenessa Joy Klukas has compiled a list of young adult fiction books that can capture the hearts and minds of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Youth alike (and maybe even adults too).

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From ‘street kid’ to public rep for the Law Society of BC tribunal

By Kelsie Kilawna, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Jereme Brooks says he’s feeling fortunate to have a voice in the B.C. Law Society tribunal’s process as the first syilx person to serve as a public representative.

He was invited to accept the position in October, after being interviewed by a panel of jurors. He’ll be responsible for sitting alongside lawyers on a panel, hearing allegations against lawyers and helping to decide on appropriate disciplinary measures. 

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Penticton Indian Band is using syilx traditional methods to reduce wildfire risk

By Athena Bonneau, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Penticton Indian Band (PIB) is working with BC Wildfire Serviceon a new wildfire risk reduction project using traditional syilx methods.

“All of the PIB [wildfire risk reduction] projects are informed by Elders and knowledge keepers,” says James Pepper, director of PIB’s natural resource department. “They write the prescriptions, then we implement them.”

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Rez culture isn’t our culture, says Chief Clarence Louie (y̓ilmixʷm ki law na)

By Athena Bonneau, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Chief Clarence Louie (y̓ilmixʷm ki law na) of the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) wants people to know that “rez culture” is not his culture — and he’s written a book about it. 

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