Francine Compton


Francine Compton covers national news for CBC Indigenous in Winnipeg. She has also worked as an executive producer in Ottawa. You can reach her at

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Residential school survivors gather during papal mass at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

Three residential school survivors who attended the papal mass at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica outside Quebec City say they wanted to come to see the Pope in person.

Pope acknowledges need for 'concrete action' in mending relationship with Indigenous people

The Alberta leg of Pope Francis' "penitential pilgrimage” in Canada to express "sorrow… healing and reconciliation" between the Catholic Church and Indigenous peoples ended in Lac Ste. Anne Tuesday evening.

Survivors speak of separation, and hope, in Maskwacis during Papal apology

Gary Williams traveled from Gitxsan territory in northwestern B.C. to Maskwacis, Alta., while Marilyn Yellowbird Rowan, who lives in the community was on hand to offer support, smudge and prayers.

Anishinaabe support worker travels 11 hours to care for survivors in their language during papal visit

A First Nations support worker drove 1,100 km from Brandon, Man., to Edmonton Alta., to take care of residential school survivors during the papal visit this week while her survivor aunt and mother prepare for a teaching lodge ceremony instead.

Long Plain First Nation and Canada settle 100-year-old land sales dispute for $32M

An Ojibway and Dakota community in southern Manitoba has settled a more than 100-year-old dispute with the federal government over land sales.

Human rights complaint filed against Indigenous Services claims age and race discrimination

A retired videographer has filed a human rights complaint against Indigenous Services Canada claiming discrimination based on age, race and genetic information after trying for three years to apply for Indian status.

First Nations woman petitions to have status cards processed as quickly as passports

Vivian Hermanson launched a petition saying years-long wait times for status cards are an example of systemic racism being perpetuated by the Canadian government and that they should be processed in the same time frame as passports - 20 business days.

Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation launches week-long mass vaccination clinic

Nurses at Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation administered 160 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, the first day of the community's mass vaccination clinic.

From stick to stethoscope: how a hockey dream turned into a nursing degree for First Nations woman

Naotkamegwanning First Nation hockey player Taylor Tom shoots for a university hockey dream and scores an education in nursing.

Festival of ideas curated by Mohawk/Anishinaabe producer aims to bridge communities

Mohawk/Anishinaabe producer Kim Wheeler has brought together a line-up of acclaimed artists to present panels, plays, music and keynote speeches this week in The Bridge: A Festival of Ideas.