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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Saskatchewan First Nations request $120M US to build own PPE stockpile

Saskatchewan First Nations have made a $120 million US request to Indigenous Services Canada to build up their own personal protective equipment stockpiles in preparation for a second wave of COVID-19, according to the chief of a community which led the development of the plan. 

Ottawa announces $650M in new COVID-19 funding for Indigenous communities  

The federal government is making an additional $650 million available for Indigenous communities to deal with current COVID-19 needs and prepare for a potential second wave of the pandemic, said Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller on Friday. 

Ottawa's move to block statistical reports on residential schools 'modern-day colonialism,' says survivor

The federal government's attempts to control the records produced by an organization that processed over 38,000 residential school abuse claims "feels like modern-day colonialism" and "a legal sham," according to residential school survivors. 

Ministers to face questions over COVID-19 procurement process for Indigenous communities

The motion follows the resignation of Cathy Bennett last week from the federal government's COVID-19 Supply Council over allegations of a perceived conflict of interest with her role as board chair with a company that landed a contract with Indigenous Services to supply medical tents.

Ottawa opposed creation of detailed statistical reports on residential schools

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is appealing an Ontario Superior Court ruling that sided with Ottawa to prevent the creation of detailed reports drawn from a database held by the body that oversaw residential school compensation claims.

Federal COVID-19 supply council member quits over links to company that landed Indigenous Services contract

A member of a council created by the federal government to provide procurement advice during the COVID-19 pandemic stepped down late Wednesday evening over her ties to a company that landed a contract with Indigenous Services Canada to provide temporary medical facilities to a northern Manitoba First Nation.

Stó:lō First Nation eyes claim over Lightning Rock site in path of Trans Mountain

A Stó:lō First Nation in B.C. is considering filing a claim over a sacred site that sits in the path of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, part of a possible influx of new claims that could be triggered by the project.

Over 450 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across Canada and 7 deaths, reports Yellowhead Institute

There are at least 465 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across 42 communities and seven virus-related deaths, far above what is reported by Indigenous Services Canada, according to a report released Tuesday by the Yellowhead Institute.

First Nations COVID-19 cases undercounted, says AFN national chief

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says COVID-19 infection rates among First Nations people are undercounted as a result of failures in information sharing between federal, provincial and territorial governments.

Food security fears after COVID-19 case closes La Loche, Sask., grocery store

One of the two grocery stores in La Loche, Sask., has shut temporarily after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, according to an executive at the North West Company. 

Competition for new N.S. RCMP dispatch centre 'falsely stacked' against First Nation's bid: chief

The chief of Millbrook First Nation says the Nova Scotia RCMP's competition for its new communication centre was "distorted and biased," arbitrarily inflating the price of his community's proposal to reach a "predetermined outcome."

On-reserve COVID-19 case rates approaching 'watershed moment,' says Indigenous Services top doctor

The chief medical officer Indigenous Services says the next two weeks will be critical to flattening the curve of COVID-19 cases in First Nations which has seen a steady, near daily rise. 

Northern Ontario First Nations want pause to mining permits until COVID-19 subsides

Northern Ontario First Nations want the province to put a hold on mining exploration permits and pause the operation of a system that allows for the remote staking of mining claims while they deal with the coronavirus pandemic. 

How a January meeting laid groundwork for Indigenous Services' response to COVID-19

It was the first face-to-face meeting of the National Health Emergency Management Network (NHEMN) and it was also the beginning of Indigenous Services Canada's planning to deal with the threat posed by COVID-19 to Indigenous communities. 

COVID-19 risk to Indigenous communities will rise when provinces ease lockdowns, says federal official

Indigenous communities will face elevated risks of COVID-19 infections once provinces and urban centres begin easing lockdown restrictions, says a top official with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.