Jody Porter


Jody Porter began her career at CBC News in 2000. 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

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.

Pikangikum First Nation youth show strength, support in face of tragedy

A group of young people in Pikangikum First Nation are trying to help their community in the face of recent tragedies.

'I understand what it feels like to be different': Lakehead University student becomes stand-out teacher

A canoe trip in Ontario's Algonquin Park this week is a dream come true for Lakehead University's Jacky Chan, especially because he'll be bringing along a First Nations youth from northern Ontario.

Inquest into death of First Nations man kicked, beaten and stepped on by police wraps up this week

The police officers who held a handcuffed First Nations man face-down on the floor with their boots on his back told an inquest into his death that they followed their training in "pain compliance" and "positional advantage."

Acting police chief, city councillors among attendees at funeral for First Nations woman hit by trailer hitch

The death of Barbara Kentner is a wake-up call about the threat posed by racism in Thunder Bay, Ont., says the chair of the city's anti-racism committee.

'Vision of mutual respect' can help Thunder Bay, Ont., in wake of Barbara Kentner's death, ONWA says

The tragedy of Barbara Kentner's death shows it's time for people in Thunder Bay to come together and work for change, says Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette, the executive director of the Ontario Native Women's Association, which is headquartered in the northern Ontario city.

First Nation chief wants police held to account in death of man pinned face down in handcuffs

The chief of Cat Lake First Nation says an inquest into the death of a 34-year-old man who was pepper-sprayed, kicked, hit, handcuffed and stepped on by police is unlikely to provide the accountability that his northern Ontario community wants.

2 police officers step on handcuffed man's back as doctor watches at First Nation nursing station

A security video obtained by CBC News shows police officers pepper-sprayed Romeo Wesley, subdued him with a baton, handcuffed him and then stepped on his back and neck with their boots on the night the 34-year-old died at the Health Canada nursing station in Cat Lake First Nation.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation to ask Thunder Bay, Ont. and Fort William First Nation to declare state of emergency

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says Nishnawbe Aski Nation can't make the declaration alone because they are visitors in this territory.

Post-mortem today on Indigenous woman hit by trailer hitch in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A post-mortem is scheduled today in the case of the First Nations mother who died this week in Thunder Bay, Ont., after being hit by a trailer hitch thrown from a passing car.

First Nations woman dies after being hit by trailer hitch thrown from passing car in Thunder Bay, Ont.

A First Nations woman who was hit by a trailer hitch, thrown from a passing car in Thunder Bay, Ont., last January, has died.