NAN Executive Express Condolences Following Passing of Local CBC Reporter Jody Porter
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Derek Fox, on behalf of the NAN Executive Council, expresses heartfelt condolences on the passing of Jody Porter, a well-known and well-respected journalist at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
“Jody was relentless in her pursuit of truth and accountability. She produced award-winning journalism that revealed injustices faced by First Nations and gave a voice to people who did not have one.
Her exemplary reporting was highlighted during the 2015 inquest into the death of seven NAN youth, which was followed Canada-wide. She presented complex and painful issues with truth, accuracy, and compassion. Her unflinching work presented the tragic circumstances around these deaths and illuminated the challenges faced by First Nations youth while pursuing their education.
During the Seven Youth Inquest her reporting reframed the issues, highlighting deficiencies in police investigations, the resistance of the coroner’s office to investigate, and the broader issue of racism in Thunder Bay. This was not always popular, but Jody had the courage to question the roles and responsibilities of the institutions that played critical roles in the lives of these young people.
Jody’s integrity and professionalism were matched only by her caring and compassion. We give thanks for her life, and our prayers are with her family, friends, and colleagues.”
A senior reporter based in Thunder Bay, Jody was the recipient of a Debwewin Citation from the Anishinabek Nation for excellence in reporting on First Nations issues and received Massey College’s prestigious Clarkson Laureateship in Public Service. She previously served as editor at Wawatay Native Communications Society in Sioux Lookout.
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