Jody Porter

Senior Reporter

Jody Porter is a senior reporter based in Thunder Bay, Ont. She is the recipient of a Debwewin Citation from the Anishinabek Nation for excellence in reporting on First Nations issues and a Massey College Clarkson Laureate in recognition of public service.

Latest from Jody Porter

Indigenous Services moves to end water crisis in Neskantaga First Nation 'as quickly as possible'

The federal government is moving to support people displaced by a water crisis in a remote First Nation in northwestern Ontario and is working to end the 25-year boil water advisory "as quickly as possible," says Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller.

Eagle Lake First Nation Elder maintains hunger strike to protest 'oppressive' child welfare system

A woman from Eagle Lake First Nation in northern Ontario is entering her seventh day of a hunger strike after being denied access to her great-grandchildren last weekend by a child welfare agency.

Pride group calls for ban on anti-LGBTQ2 missionaries entering Canada

Borderland Pride is asking the federal government to investigate American members of an evangelical Christian group that works with youth in northwestern Ontario First Nations after concerns were raised that their homophobic messages are having tragic consequences.

Use your COVID-19 awareness to help First Nations kids breathe easier, doctor urges

Dr. Tom Kovesi's latest research, in partnership with remote First Nations in northern Ontario, shows children there were up to 16 times more likely to suffer from respiratory illness than other Canadian children.

Ontario must act to prevent hidden deforestation, environmental group says

Wildlands League releases new online tool to help local residents see 'logging scars' in Ontario's boreal forest and press government for action to prevent them.

Legal clinic aims to help people who don't officially exist

The government needs to do more to help people who are falling through the social safety net because they don't have personal identification, according to a clinic that specializes in poverty law in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Ovide Mercredi reviews Law Society of Upper Canada's relations with Indigenous people

A former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations will help the Law Society of Canada examine the way it deals with Indigenous people.

93-year-old grandmother, maker of thousands of hats for First Nations babies, dies in Sioux

A 93-year-old woman who was known as grandmother to many more than her 10 biological grandchildren is being remembered for her community service in Sioux Lookout, Ont.

Canada's longest-standing First Nations boil water advisory will end in 2018, Liberals say

The Liberal government says it will spend $8.8 million to upgrade, renovate and improve the water plant in Neskantaga First Nation, a northern Ontario community that has been without safe tap water since 1995.

Death of First Nations man handcuffed and stepped on by police was accidental, inquest says

The death of an Ontario First Nations man who was pepper sprayed, beaten, handcuffed and stepped on by two police officers was accidental, a coroner's inquest determines in giving dozens of recommendations to avoid similar deaths.