Olivia Stefanovich

Senior reporter

Olivia Stefanovich is a senior reporter for CBC's Parliamentary Bureau based in Ottawa. She previously worked in Toronto, Saskatchewan and northern Ontario. Connect with her on Twitter at @CBCOlivia. Story tips welcome: olivia.stefanovich@cbc.ca.

Latest from Olivia Stefanovich

Too many First Nations lack clean drinking water and it's Ottawa's fault, says auditor general

The federal government has not done enough to ensure people in First Nations communities have ongoing access to safe drinking water, says the federal auditor general.

COVID-19 tents, shacks turned into homes amid housing crisis in Eabametoong First Nation

Four canvas walls reinforced with plywood and two-by-fours, along with a few blankets and a wood stove, are Andrew Missewace's only defence against the bitter cold of northwestern Ontario, even when the temperature drops as low as -48 C.

Foreign diplomats among those exempt from the mandatory hotel quarantine

The list of people exempt from a mandatory travel quarantine rule is small, but it includes diplomats, minors and people in so-called 'exigent' circumstances.

New MMIWG art project focuses on untold stories of national inquiry

A new national project supported by federal funding is working to honour the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls through art.

Ottawa uncertain if Moderna shortage will impact Indigenous vaccine rollout

Fifteen minutes after getting his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Chief Chris Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation went on Facebook live to encourage other community members to roll up their sleeves.

Ottawa lays groundwork for new Indigenous health legislation

The federal government capped two days of meetings this week into eliminating anti-Indigenous racism in the health-care system by announcing plans to begin co-developing new legislation to overhaul Indigenous health.

Federal, provincial officials discuss ways to counter anti-Indigenous racism in health care

Federal ministers are convening virtual meetings with provincial and territorial health counterparts, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation representatives and medical experts over the next two days to figure out how to address anti-Indigenous racism in Canada's health-care system.

COVID-19 is hitting First Nations in Western Canada especially hard

While Ontario and Quebec are the epicentres of COVID-19 outbreaks in Canada, people in First Nations are being hit the hardest in Western Canada, where they make up half the number of hospitalizations in some provinces.

UN representative finds Canada's Indigenous people are 'disproportionately' affected by toxic waste

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances says Canada's Indigenous people are disproportionately affected by toxic waste.

'You are not forgotten': Outpouring of support for Neskantaga First Nation

When Dawnie Codina Langschmidt heard the stories of children in a remote northern Ontario First Nation pleading for clean running water, she said she had to do something to make sure they knew they were heard.