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April 24, 2017


THUNDER BAY, ON (April 24, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, congratulates journalists from CBC Thunder Bay and CBC Sudbury recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada (RTDNA) at an awards ceremony in Toronto on the weekend:

“The receipt of four RTDNA awards shows the value of local journalism, especially in northern and remote communities, and we are pleased to congratulate these deserving journalists. We especially recognize Jody Porter and CBC Thunder Bay for outstanding reporting during the Seven Youth Inquest. Jody’s work was followed Canada-wide, presenting the circumstances around the tragic loss of seven NAN youth and the challenges faced by First Nations students while pursuing their education far away from their home communities. Jody’s unflinching reporting questioned the responsibilities of the governments and institutions that played critical roles in the lives of these youth, and shed much-needed light on the circumstances surrounding their deaths.”

Porter received the Digital Media Award for use of new media technology and the Dan McArthur Award for excellence in investigative reporting for Deep Water, an in-depth feature on the loss of seven NAN youth who were the subject on an eight-month inquest in Thunder Bay. She also received the Dave Rogers Award for best short feature for A Promise Kept, the story of Norman Shewaybick’s 1,000-kilometre awareness walk from Thunder Bay to Webequie First Nation in honour of his late wife.

Amy Hadley, also from CBC Thunder Bay, received a Sports Feature Reporting Award for her reporting on a local curling bonspiel. CBC Sudbury was recognized for excellence with the Ron Laidlaw Award for reporting on efforts to save local schools.

For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email

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