About Us

A Flipped Classroom Model

RIIC transcends the typical university experience. It propels Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communications students beyond classroom walls, immersing them in local Indigenous communities for months of relationship-building and connection-making. During this time, students create multimedia stories that highlight these communities, but the partnerships endure long after the final edits. Some of these stories are also part of the ‘Indigenous Enterprises’ series published by our mainstream media partner, the Globe and Mail.


There have been too many instances where journalists report on an Indigenous community and vanish once their story is finished. This hinders the potential for ongoing collaboration, trust-building, and a deeper understanding of the community’s complexities. RIIC shows students that sustainable relationships are crucial for ethical journalism that respects the dignity and autonomy of Indigenous communities. RIIC is led by Duncan McCue, an award-winning journalist and a frontrunner for developing curriculum on Indigenous issues in universities.

RIIC Website Production Team

Senior Editor – Professor Duncan McCue

IT Coordinator – Roger Martin

Digital Editor – Catriona Koenig

Visual Editor – Phillippe Doucet

Copy Editors – Emma Weller, Maude Lipsett

Social Media Editors – Madeleine Van Clieaf, Taylor O’Brien

Our Logo

Our Reporting in Indigenous Communities logo and masthead was created by Dawn Iehstoseranon:nha. Dawn is Akwesasronon (Akwesasne), Kanienkéha’ka (Mohawk), Wakhskaré:wake (Bear Clan), Feather Keeper/Protector and artist practicing and sharing Bird medicines. She is the founder of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada and artist at Pass The Feather. Dawn is also a writer, graphic and web designer passionate about elevating Indigenous voices through websites, branding and marketing.

How Dawn describes the inspiration behind her design

“The ‘Reporting in Indigenous Communities’ logo was created to reflect the importance of knowledge sharing and leans into storytelling as the original way to record history, lived experiences and worldviews. Journalism is storytelling and a forever vital tool in shaping perspectives and creating awareness. Crucial in working alongside Indigenous communities is understanding the existence of deeply embedded relationships with the natural world; represented here with sunlight illuminating the bold voice of Raven who can never be silenced.”

Pass the Feather

Learn more about Dawn’s work at: https://passthefeather.ca/