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Daniella Zalcman and Brandi Morin Will Discuss Indigenous Rights at Northwestern Medill

Event Date:

October 13 - 14, 2022


Medill School of Journalism
1845 Sheridan Road

Evanston, IL 60208

MIKE PINAY, Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School (1953-1963).“It was the worst 10 years of my life. I was away from my family from the age of six to 16. How do you learn about family? I didn’t know what love was. We weren’t even known by names back then. I was a number.” Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.

For more than a century, many Western governments operated a network of Indian Residential Schools...


Photojournalist Daniella Zalcman and journalist Brandi Morin will bring their reporting on the legacy of abusive residential schools to Campus Consortium partner Northwestern Medill School of Journalism for a two-day visit on October 13-14, 2022.

Zalcman and Morin will speak on their work exploring Indigenous rights and the impacts of colonization on October 13 in Evanston and in downtown for a Medill talk on October 14. They will also discuss reporting in vulnerable communities with students. 

Morin is a French, Cree, and Iroquois journalist from Treaty 6 in Alberta, Canada. Morin has specialized in sharing Indigenous stories, some of which helped spark change and reconciliation in Canada’s political, cultural, and social environments.

She is passionate about showcasing stories of injustice, human rights, environment, culture, tradition, and resilience from an Indigenous viewpoint. Her work includes extensive coverage of the work of Indigenous water protectors and land protectors, including "What It's Like to be a Woman, Indigenous and a Reporter in Canada," “The Long-Forgotten Inuit Survivors of Catholic Abuses,” and " 'Gut-wrenching:' Drilling Starts Under Wet'suwet' en River." 

Zalcman is a Vietnamese-American documentary photographer based in New Orleans. She is a 2021 Catchlight fellow, a multiple grantee of the National Geographic Society and the Pulitzer Center, a fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation, and the founder of Women Photograph, a nonprofit working to elevate the voices of women and nonbinary visual journalists.

Her work tends to focus on the legacies of Western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of Indigenous children in North America. Her ongoing project, Signs of Your Identity, is the recipient of the Arnold Newman Prize, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the FotoEvidence Book Award, and the Magnum Foundation's Inge Morath Award. It is also part of Open Society Foundation's Moving Walls 24.

You can find her work in several media outlets, including National Geographic magazine, Smithsonian magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, BuzzFeed, TIME, and The New York Times,


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