Duncan McCue

CBC host and reporter

Duncan McCue is host of Helluva Story on CBC Radio, and Kuper Island, an eight-part podcast on residential schools for CBC Podcasts. He is also the author of a textbook, Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities. Duncan is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. He's based in Toronto.

Latest from Duncan McCue

They're not Indigenous — but they're learning Indigenous languages

Junaid Khan is one of a growing number of non-Indigenous Canadians learning Indigenous languages, in settings that range from Zoom lectures to university classrooms.

A school they called Alcatraz: Survivor reflects on sisters' deaths at Kuper Island Residential School

Many children who were forced to attend Kuper Island Residential School off the coast of Chemainus on Vancouver Island died trying to leave. Survivor Karen McCallum, whose half-sisters were presumed drowned trying to escape, is still looking for answers.
Back to the Land

This plant medicine teacher is reclaiming Anishinaabe names for species. Why that could be good for the planet

Some conservationists and climate scientists believe the key to protecting endangered plants and animals may lie in efforts to preserve Indigenous languages. Joe Pitawanakwat is doing his part by learning — and teaching — about Indigenous plant medicine.

As calls grow to defund police, Indigenous police services fight for more resources, not less

After weeks of protesters around the world chanting "defund police," the former head of Canada's largest First Nations police service says underfunding of police threatens the safety of Indigenous communities.

'I don't know how I'm gonna go back to the office': COVID-19 forces women to rethink careers

As the slow process of reopening non-essential businesses begins across Canada, female professionals and entrepreneurs are struggling with work-life balance.

Advocates say new firearms ban part of 'suite of protections' needed to protect women from violence

The federal government billed its new ban on "assault-style" firearms as an important move to reduce violence against women. Gender advocates believe it's merely a first step in a larger battle.

After Nova Scotia killings, a support network founded by Columbine survivors may offer lessons on healing

As Nova Scotians struggle to make sense of it all, Canadians have responded with a heartfelt outpouring of love and support. But when that attention inevitably fades, survivors may be drawn to an American mass-shooting survivor network that offers support in a way a therapist may not.

'I choose to be in control': Some seniors weighing medically assisted death because of COVID-19

A growing number of Canadians want to know whether medical assistance in dying will be made available if they end up hospitalized with COVID-19.

'I've lived a good life': Some seniors say they'll refuse ventilator if they get COVID-19

Merle Tochor, 80, is being extremely cautious when it comes to the coronavirus. If, however, she contracts COVID-19, her mind is made up.

Home schooling during pandemic a daunting challenge for families of kids with disabilities

As families across Canada struggle to adjust to school closures that could last indefinitely during the COVID-19 pandemic, families of children with special needs are being especially hard hit.