Rhiannon Johnson

Rhiannon Johnson is an Anishinaabe journalist from Hiawatha First Nation based in Toronto. She has been with the Indigenous unit since 2017 focusing on Indigenous life and experiences throughout Ontario. You can reach her at rhiannon.johnson@cbc.ca and on Twitter @rhijhnsn.

Latest from Rhiannon Johnson

Heat stress that killed thousands of salmon in Alaska is a sign of things to come, scientist warns

Scientists suspect heat stress killed thousands of salmon in Alaska's Koyukuk River last month.

Hiawatha First Nation members block access to site where gas station being built on wetland

A checkpoint has been set up on the road leading into an Ontario First Nation to block work on a new gas station that opponents say is situated on a wetland.

Hiawatha First Nation boy to play on Team Canada in youth super bowl

An Anishinaabe boy from a small Ontario First Nation will compete in a youth football tournament in Florida this December. 

Hear Indigenous language speakers from around the globe through Google Earth

Users of Google Earth will now be able to hear over 50 Indigenous language speakers from across the globe saying words and simple phrases and even singing traditional songs.

Saugeen First Nation seeks court ruling on century-old boundary dispute in Sauble Beach

An Ontario First Nation is seeking a court ruling to settle a boundary dispute with a municipal government over a stretch of beach that's a popular tourist destination in the Bruce Peninsula.

Anishinaabe brothers part of gold-winning team at international hockey tournament

Two Anishinaabe brothers from Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Sarnia, Ont., are bringing home gold medals after their team won a hockey tournament in Sweden at the end of July. 

Giving life to roadkill with art

Harvesting animals that have been killed by cars is a sustainable way to acquire material such as porcupine quills and bird feathers. It's also a way for these Indigenous artists to reconnect with their traditional arts.

Ontario First Nation divided over fate of legal cannabis grow-op on its land

Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation in southern Ontario was set to have the first outdoor medical grow-op on a First Nation, but the chief and council stopped the project because community members say they were not properly consulted.

Hinterland Who's Who releases vignette on ravens in 6 Indigenous languages

Since the 1960s, Hinterland Who’s Who has been featuring iconic Canadian wildlife. Now it has vignettes on the common raven available in six Indigenous languages.

Three-quarters of Indigenous youth optimistic reconciliation will happen in their lifetime, according to poll

An online poll that surveyed 1,377 youth reports that 73 per cent of Indigenous youth and 68 per cent of non-Indigenous youth said they are somewhat or very optimistic that there will be meaningful reconciliation in their lifetime.

Human trafficking survivor says Indigenous women and girls especially at risk

Bridget Perrier was recruited into the sex trade out of a group home in Thunder Bay at age 12. She says more attention needs to be paid to the issue of human trafficking and its connection to missing and murdered Indigenous women. 

Mural-covered houseboat to share Indigenous history of the Toronto waterfront this summer

A houseboat adorned with woodland-style murals will soon be docked in the Ontario Place Marina for the summer as an Indigenous interpretive learning centre.

Chief asks why the PM makes time for a Raptors parade but hasn't visited Grassy Narrows

Grassy Narrows First Nation members are in Toronto as part of the community's campaign to secure construction and long-term funding for a care home for those poisoned by mercury pollution.

Plan to ban single-use plastics has First Nations with long-term drinking water advisories worried

A plan to ban single-use plastics in Canada has First Nations with long-term drinking water advisories that rely on bottled water concerned about how they will be affected.

Indigenous youth leaders address Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples

Eight young Indigenous leaders from across the country gathered in front of the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples to testify and share their thoughts on what a new nation to nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous people should look like.