A reporter at CBC in Thunder Bay has won an award for journalism excellence.

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CBC Thunder Bay's Jody Porter. (Supplied)

The Anishinabek Nation, also known as the Union of Ontario Indians, is recognizing Jody Porter with the Debwewin Citation for excellence in reporting on First Nations issues.

It is described as the only award of its kind in Canada.

One of the criteria is that recipients must demonstrate an ongoing and sustained body of relevant work.

A news release from the Anishinabek Nation cites Porter's achievements, including CBC's Common Ground Cafe project in Thunder Bay, which brought strangers together to discuss race relations in the city.

"Jody's understanding and dedication to covering First Nations issues in the region is reflected in her reporting and has garnered many other awards, including ... a national RTNDA award for her documentary on Little Charlie," said CBC Thunder Bay station manager Susan Rogers.

"In between those big projects and stories, Jody has built bridges with First Nations communities, not only highlighting their troubles but also celebrating the successes."

Porter will receive the award next month in Sudbury at the 7th Generation Charity's annual Evening of Excellence Awards.