Al Jazeera wins ‘best story’ at Native American journalism awards

by | Aug 18, 2022 | World

Journalist Brandi Morin’s feature story about the deaths of Indigenous children in Canada’s residential schools wins NAJA award.Al Jazeera contributor Brandi Morin has won Best Feature Story at the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) Awards for her story Canada’s ‘crying shame’: The fields full of children’s bones.
The top prize was conferred by jurors for the 2022 NAJA Awards for the feature, which was published through the Slow Journalism/Features unit for Al Jazeera English Online.
As part of her ongoing reporting about Indigenous communities, Morin’s feature delves deeper into the dark history of Canada’s residential schools, a network of some 139 institutions that forcibly separated Indigenous children from their parents and were established with the intention of eroding Indigenous culture, language, family and community ties.
From the time the first school opened in 1831 until 1996, some 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis (mixed race) children in Canada were forced to take up room and board at the schools that were notorious for the neglect and physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada estimates between 4,000 to 6,000 deaths at the schools.
In her story, Morin looks at the effect of the Canadian government-funded and church-administered schools from the perspective of those who survived them – men and women who, gene …

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