November 24, 2016

WINNIPEG – The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are pleased to announce Edmonton journalist John W. Murray has been selected for the inaugural Aboriginal Investigative Journalism Fellowship.

Murray, a Mi’kmaq citizen of the Natoaganeg (Eel Ground) First Nation in New Brunswick, grew up in Treaty 4 territory in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

He works with Edmonton radio station CJSR to produce Acimowin, a weekly live program dealing with Indigenous music and news. He also curates Indigenous Journalism, an information site on Facebook and Twitter.

This fellowship will provide a 12-week, paid placement with the APTN Investigates team based in Winnipeg, in the late-winter/spring of 2017. Murray will work with APTN staff to produce a fulllength piece of original, investigative journalism that will air on APTN Investigates.

The CAJ provided promotional and logistical support to the judging panel. The CAJ will provide Murray with a complimentary one-year membership. Moreover, he will be invited to #CAJ17 in Ottawa next year to screen the finished piece for conference delegates and discuss how it came together and was received after broadcast.

CAJ president Nick Taylor-Vaisey and APTN executive director of news and current affairs Karyn Pugliese announced the creation of this new fellowship during the #CAJ16 conference banquet, held at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel in May.

The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing over 600 members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide public-interest advocacy and high-quality professional development for its members.

For more information:
Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ president
[email protected]

September 1, 2016, marked the 17-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telcodelivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862 (Canada), or visit the website at

For further information about APTN or image requests, contact:
Jacqueline Jubinville
Manager of Communications, APTN
(204) 947-9331, ext. 339
[email protected]