CBC Winnipeg’s Jillian Taylor is one of eight international recipients of this year’s Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Travel Bursary.
Jillian will visit the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney, spending time with the ABC Indigenous and news teams for a two-week placement this June.
Jillian is from the Fisher Cree First Nation, and she is a reporter for CBC Manitoba and CBC Aboriginal.
She hopes to gain insight from ABC Indigenous unit and their reporting on stories and issues affecting Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and bring the experience back to inform the work of her unit.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for one of the very talented reporters at CBC News," says John Bertrand, managing director of CBC Manitoba.
CBC Aboriginal caught up with Jillian to find out more about her passion for journalism.
Q: Your beat is aboriginal news, why is it important for you to tell those stories?
A: I started my career at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, so telling aboriginal stories is how I have grown up in this industry.
The year I started there were a number of high profile missing and murder aboriginal women cases in Manitoba. That became my passion.
Telling those women's stories. I respect and admire the women who continue to raise awareness everyday about this issue. They keep me going.
Q: What is the story are you most proud of?
A: As of last Remembrance day I finally have an answer. I had the honour of interviewing my uncle Jack, my dad's oldest brother, about my late papa (grandfather). He was a WWII soldier and prisoner of war. He was captured by the Germans just days after arriving in Normandy. My papa was held for nine months. In that time he was put on display. By that I mean he was shown off to the German people all because he was a "Canadian Indian." I am very proud that I was able to share his story.
Q: How has telling stories about indigenous people changed you?
A: I did not grow up with my culture. My family hails from the Fisher River Cree Nation, and my papa was the last one to live there. My dad and his siblings grew up in Selkirk. They were ashamed of being native because of the racism they experienced.
I've always been proud of being First Nations, even when I didn't fully understand what that meant. Through reporting and covering these issues, I have been able to connect with my culture, learn about my history and understand my past.
Q: Any advice to young indigenous journos out there?
A: You are no different than anyone else. Study hard. Work hard. Always ask questions. Never assume you know everything. And feed the cameramen. If they are happy, you are happy.