The Orion
Lecture Series in Fine Arts

Through the generous support of the Orion Fund in Fine Arts, the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria, is pleased to present:

Duncan McCue

Visiting journalist

9:30am (PST) Tuesday, October 17, 2023 

Online class visit only

Presented by UVic’s Department of Writing

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Anishinaabe journalist and educator Duncan McCue is the author of Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities. His talk with Writing’s Environmental Journalism class will draw on his award-winning podcast Kuper Island for a thoughtful reflection on building respectful relationships with Indigenous communities and how Canadians can take meaningful steps toward reconciliation. 

McCue will also present the separate online talk “Beyond Kuper Island: A Journalist’s Reflection on Truth and Reconciliation”,  presented by the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies and the Faculty of Humanities.

This talk happens at 7pm Thursday, October 19, online only via Zoom: register here to get the link

About Duncan McCue

Duncan McCue is an award-winning CBC broadcaster and leading advocate for fostering the connection between journalism and Indigenous communities. He was the host of Helluva Story on CBC Radio and was also the driving force behind Kuper Island, a remarkable eight-part podcast series on residential schools.

McCue was with CBC News for 25 years. In addition to hosting CBC Radio One’s Cross Country Checkup, he was a longstanding correspondent for CBC-TV’s flagship news show, The National, and continues to maintain an association with CBC.

He joined Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication on July 1, 2023 and is an associate professor, specializing in Indigenous journalism and storytelling. He has also taught journalism and created courses at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and Toronto Metropolitan University and also as a visiting fellow at Carleton.

Over the years he developed a unique online resource, Reporting in Indigenous Communities, which inspired his latest work, a new textbook called Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities. McCue is also the author of The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir, which recounts a season he spent in a hunting camp with a Cree family in northern Quebec as a teenager.

McCue studied English at the University of King’s College, then did his law degree at UBC. He was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1998.

McCue is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario.



About the Orion Fund

Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work.

The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting  artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.

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