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Youth Journalism Initiative

The Youth Journalism Initiative is a pilot project, funded by our Work to Grow program, with a goal of amplifying the voices and stories of Indigenous and racialized people.

As part of Nature Canada’s mission to discover, defend and restore nature, we’re committed to actions that advance Indigenous rights and reconciliation, as well as actions that advance racial and gender equity—and we began the Youth Journalism Initiative in September 2021 to help with these.

The Youth Journalism Initiative is a pilot project, funded by our Work to Grow program, with a goal of amplifying the voices and stories of Indigenous and racialized people. The four Journalism Associates we’ve hired are independently creating stories about BIPOC communities, Indigenous-led conservation, and related issues about nature, environmentalism and/or environmental racism.

The Journalism Associates are Anosha Khan, Ashley Stefureak, Carol Eugene Park, and Matteo Cimellaro. Please keep an eye open for their stories—and bookmark this page to read updates about their work in 2021 and 2022.

Questions? Email worktogrow@naturecanada.ca.

Carol Eugene Park is a Vancouver-based journalist, currently working as a journalism associate with Nature Canada. She grew up in southern Ontario before moving to the West Coast to pursue a master’s in journalism at the University of British Columbia. She’s an avid listener of investigative podcasts.

Read Published Articles:

  • 6 Things I’m Doing To Calm My Climate Anxiety (Chatelaine)PDF
  • Why We Must Address Environmental Racism (The Hamilton Spectator)PDF 
  • How A Public Library Helped My Family Cope With The Effects of Climate Change (CBC)PDF

Ashley Stefureak is a recent graduate of Carleton University (with a major in journalism and a minor in film studies) and is an Ojibwe journalist who specializes in stories about nature, environmentalism and Indigenous-led conservation. Ashley’s work has appeared in Capital Current, Look Local Magazine, The National Observer and other publications (ashleystefureak.com).

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Anosha Khan is a multimedia journalist and writer currently based in Calgary on Treaty 7 territory. She holds a Bachelor of Communication in Journalism and Digital Media from Mount Royal University, most of her stories are rooted in local community issues. She has a keen interest in wildlife and landscape photography.

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Matteo Cimellaro is a Cree/settler writer and journalist living in Ottawa on unceded Algonquin territory. He holds a BA in Philosophy and English from the University of Guelph. He reports on arts, policing, environmentalism, and Indigenous Issues. If you have a story or tips, please contact mcimellaro@gmail.com.

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