Canadian journalism schools respond to the TRC’s calls to action

Canadian journalism schools are trying to better equip their students to cover Indigenous stories, a response to the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, released one year ago.

The commission, tasked with investigating and commemorating the dark history of Canada’s Indian residential school system, also issued 94 calls to action to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.”

One of those calls to action is that journalism schools teach students about the history of Aboriginal Peoples, Indigenous law and treaties.

“Journalists, out of ignorance or something else, have unfortunately just not have done a good enough job covering those issues, and are probably reinforcing the status quo and negative stereotypes,” said Janice Neil, associate chair of journalism at Ryerson University.

“I think journalism is supposed to be covering all of the people who live in this country and we haven’t done a good enough job.” Full story here.

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