Indigenous communities are on the frontlines of the most devastating climate catastrophes across the world. And they are also leading the most powerful movements to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, major culprits of these disasters. Brandi Morin risks her freedom to report on these protest movements, and brings us the most critical stories of how people are pushing back against the economic status quo. She will discuss her memoir, Our Voice of Fire, about overcoming adversity to find her purpose as a journalist—and share her experiences reporting on Indigenous activism that is pushing towards a brighter climate future.She will appear in conversation with Karyn Pugliese, Editor-in-Chief of Canadaland.
Brandi Morin is an award-winning French/Cree/Iroquois journalist from Treaty 6 in Alberta, and one of Canada’s most prominent voices on Indigenous issues. She has published or broadcast with the New York Times, National Geographic, the Guardian, the Toronto Star, Al Jazeera English, Vice, Elle Canada, CBC, and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News (APTN), among many other outlets. She won a Human Rights Reporting award from the Canadian Association of Journalists for her work with the CBC’s Beyond 94 project tracking the progress of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
Karyn Pugliese is the Editor-in-Chief of Canadaland and an award-winning journalist. Previously, Karyn worked as Editor-in-Chief of Canada’s National Observer, Managing Editor of Investigations at CBC, and Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. From 2018-2020, Karyn was president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and still sits on the national board of directors. She is also a board member of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. Karyn is a citizen of the Pikwàkanagàn First Nation in Ontario and is of mixed Algonquin and Italian descent.
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