Jorge Barrera


Jorge Barrera is a Caracas-born, award-winning journalist who has worked across the country and internationally. He works for CBC's Indigenous unit based out of Ottawa. Follow him on Twitter @JorgeBarrera or email him

Latest from Jorge Barrera

Why a decades-old dispute over Algonquin ancestry is key to a city hall controversy

A 2013 court ruling encapsulates why some doubt the legitimacy of the Algonquins of Ontario to negotiate unceded rights over a vast swath of eastern Ontario.
CBC Investigates

U.S. authorities seize Florida-bound convoy allegedly smuggling 270 kg of Canadian marijuana

U.S. authorities recently intercepted a convoy of late-model pickup trucks pulling trailers in New York state with more than 270 kilograms of Canadian-grown marijuana headed for Florida, U.S. court documents allege.

Trickster producers resign amid Michelle Latimer Indigenous identity questions

Two producers with the CBC television series Trickster announced their resignations on Friday, a day after the Indigenous identity claims of the show's co-creator and director Michelle Latimer were called into question.

Award-winning filmmaker Michelle Latimer's Indigenous identity under scrutiny

An acclaimed film director lauded for two high-profile Indigenous productions this year says she’s sorry for not verifying her ties to an Algonquin community after facing questions over the validity of her identity.
The Big Spend

Indigenous tourism group paid CEO $25K bonus days after it was tasked to distribute COVID-19 relief funds

A national Indigenous tourism organization gave its CEO a $25,000 bonus days after it was selected to administer $16 million in COVID-19 funding on behalf of the federal government, according to internal records obtained by the CBC News. The group says the bonus was part of an employment package planned in advance of the stimulus.

RCMP could mend ties with Mi'kmaq by reopening bid for N.S. 911 centre, national chief says

The Assembly of First Nations national chief says the RCMP could address its strained relationship with Nova Scotia First Nations due to the lobster fishery dispute by reopening bidding on the Mounties' new provincial communications centre.

Judge orders Six Nations land reclamation spokesperson to pay legal bill for developer, municipality

An Ontario Superior Court Justice has ordered the spokesperson for a Six Nations-led land reclamation of a housing development in Caledonia, Ont., to pay $168,000 in legal bills for the developer and the municipality.

Six Nations members expand road blockades around land reclamation camp in Caledonia, Ont.

Ontario Provincial Police cruisers watched from a distance Friday morning as a backhoe dug up a road in Caledonia, Ont., by the entrance to a First Nations land reclamation camp that has put a halt to a planned housing development.

Injunction against First Nations land reclamation camp sparks skirmish with police

Blazing wooden pallets and tires blocked one side of a street leading into a southern Ontario community on Thursday, after a skirmish between police and members of a First Nation land reclamation camp. 

1492 Land Back Lane files 11th hour constitutional question as injunction hearing looms

The spokesperson for a Six Nations land reclamation camp that has halted a housing development in Caledonia, Ont., served notice to Ottawa and Ontario on a constitutional question days before an Ontario court judge rules on whether to grant a permanent injunction against the camp.