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

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Family seeks return of Cindy Gladue's remains from Alberta medical examiner's office

The family of Cindy Gladue, a 36 year-old Cree-Metis woman whose killer was found guilty of manslaughter last week, wants Alberta’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to return her remains so they can lay her to rest.

In the shadow of her killer's verdict, Cindy Gladue's family wants to reclaim her humanity

While waiting for the verdict in her killer's second trial, Cindy Gladue's family in Edmonton gathered to remember the Cree-Métis woman as more than the victim of a horrific death.

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.