Decolonizing Journalism

By Duncan McCue

Duncan McCue’s Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities is the only text in Canada that teaches aspiring journalists how to build respectful, reciprocal relationships with Indigenous communities when researching and sharing their stories.

Decolonizing Journalism guides students through building critical consciousness vis-à-vis Indigenous people and communities, teaches them how to apply their journalistic skills and minds to working with communities, and offers 9 exclusive interviews with leading Indigenous journalists and podcasters in Canada and the United States. 

With this text, students will gain insight into the histories, processes, and obstacles central to decolonizing journalism and media from the inside out.


On February 6, 2023, Duncan McCue launched Decolonizing Journalism at Massey College, University of Toronto. He was joined by fellow journalists Rhiannon Johnson (CBC) and Karyn Pugliese (National Observer).

Table of Contents

A Brief History of Indigenous Relations in Canada

Chapter 1: At the Desk

Chapter 2: In the Field

Chapter 3: On the Air

Chapter 4: Teachings

   4.1 Becoming Trauma-Informed – A Conversation with Connie Walker

   4.2 Lessons in Humility – A Conversation with Waubgeshig Rice

   4.3 “In Love With My People” – A Conversation with Mark Trahant

   4.4 Northern Reflections – A Conversation with Juanita Taylor

   4.5 Respect and Relationships – A Conversation with Tanya Taylor

   4.6 In Pursuit of Truth – A Conversation with Karyn Pugliese

   4.7 Punching Up – A Conversation with Tim Fontaine

   4.8 The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism – A Conversation with Merelda Fiddler-Potter

   4.9 Asking Hard Questions – A Conversation with Tristan Ahtone

Conclusion: The Last Word

Appendix 1: UNDRIP Articles Relating to Media

Appendix 2: TRC Calls to Action Relating to Media

Appendix 3: OCAP Principles for Indigenous Research and Data Collection

Appendix 4: Residential School Apology

About the Author, Duncan McCue

Award-winning journalist Duncan McCue is host of HELLUVA STORY on CBC Radio One, and KUPER ISLAND, an eight-part podcast on residential schools for CBC Podcasts. He's been with CBC News for over two decades.

He was part of a CBC Aboriginal investigation into missing and murdered Indigenous women that won numerous honours including the Hillman Award for Investigative Journalism. In 2017, he was presented with an Indspire Award for Public Service.

McCue is also an educator, teaching journalism at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and Toronto Metropolitan University. He was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2011, and a Southam Fellowship at Massey College/University of Toronto in 2020. McCue recently accepted an associate professor position at Carleton University, specializing in Indigenous Journalism and (Story)telling

McCue is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario, and proud father of two children.

Photo courtesy of CBC

Praise and Press

How to Decolonize Journalism with Duncan McCue

Don't Call me Resilient Podcast

Duncan McCue discusses leaving the CBC for university and the role of journalism in reconciliation. 

CBC Radio’s The Current with Matt Galloway

Episode date: April 25, 2023. 

 Interview Time Stamps: 22:00 - 46:00.

“For more than two decades, Duncan McCue has been a reformer of Canadian News”

Rawan Youssef, Broadview

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