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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Small group's 'political agenda' behind move to suspend NWAC president, board emails allege

The move to suspend the president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada during a hastily called meeting in June created tensions between board members and triggered allegations a small group was acting on its own to oust the organization’s leader.

Scheer should break with Harper's approach to Indigenous peoples, says AFN national chief

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer should signal he won't copy former prime minister Stephen Harper's approach to the relationship between Ottawa and Indigenous Canadians, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.

Ottawa ordered to compensate First Nations children impacted by on-reserve child welfare system

Ottawa must pay potentially billions of dollars in compensation to First Nations children harmed by the on-reserve child welfare system, following a Friday ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that also called for payments to some of their parents and grandparents. 

Six Nations businessman sending 3 jets with hurricane relief aid to Bahamas

A prominent First Nations businessman is leading a relief effort to help the hurricane-stricken Bahamas that will see three jets leave Hamilton Wednesday evening loaded with supplies.

AFN National Chief urges Canada to press Brazil over violence against Indigenous people

Canada needs to pressure Brazil to end violations of Indigenous rights, says the head of Canada’s largest Indigenous organization in a letter sent to Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. 

Amazon wildfires threatening isolated Indigenous tribes, say advocates

The wildfires ripping through the rainforest in the heart of South America have heightened the existing threats faced by the Amazon's Indigenous Peoples, including tribes that exist in isolation from the outside world, according to advocates. 

Ottawa in talks to work out cannabis rules for First Nations territories

The federal government's lead minister on the cannabis file has been in talks with First Nations leaders over how to carve out First Nations jurisdiction over the cannabis industry on their territories.

Amazon wildfires part of 'genocide' facing Brazil's Indigenous peoples, advocate says

The Brazilian government's push to escalate agricultural and mining developments in the Amazon at the expense of Indigenous rights actively brought about the ongoing wildfire crisis, according to Indigenous advocates.

Corrie Sainnawap's family still waiting for answers 1 year after Thunder Bay death   

On Thursday, Luke Sainnawap visited the empty lot off a downtown Thunder Bay street where his daughter Corrie Sainnawap was found dead, a victim of a homicide, one year ago.

IRS busts alleged multimillion-dollar tobacco-smuggling scheme in Akwesasne

A three-year, multi-agency investigation led by the U.S. tax authority targeted a key "broker" in a smuggling scheme that allegedly moved millions of dollars worth of tobacco through a border-straddling First Nation and into the Canadian black market, U.S. court records reveal. 

Hunger strike ends in Attawapiskat after Ottawa, Ontario sign off on task force

An Attawapiskat, Ont., band councillor and a former chief say they ended their 15-day hunger strike Monday evening after the federal and provincial governments agreed to restart a dormant joint task force and put the commitment in writing. 

Wishing for a summer with clean water in Attawapiskat

Marcey Wesley, 8, says it makes her sad she can't play with water balloons this summer, as families on the Ontario First Nation of Attawapiskat have been told to limit their tap-water use. An ongoing water crisis is forcing residents to lug containers to watering stations providing free filtered drinking water.

THC slushies, pirate radio and the cannabis-driven boom in a Mohawk community

Tyendinaga is dotted with renovation and construction projects, including several new gas stations and at least one new franchise restaurant, and much of it is attributed to the influx in cash from sales at cannabis stores spread throughout the community.  

Former Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence begins hunger strike over state of community

Former Attawapiskat chief Theresa Spence says she is embarking on another hunger strike, this time over the state of her community’s water and infrastructure along with its ongoing social struggles. 

National Métis group gave IT contracts to 2 companies linked to policy adviser

The Métis National Council (MNC), facing its second federal audit in the last seven years, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to two companies directed by the same MNC policy adviser for IT-related work, according to records obtained by CBC News.