Editorial Mission

by July 1, 2018
 

IC is an independent nonprofit newsroom that provides tactical and investigative journalism for Indigenous peoples. It’s our mission to inform, provoke, educate and inspire the international community by delivering a unique brand of decolonized coverage that explores solutions, exposes injustice and provides facts with context.

We Provide Frontline Reporting

We go to extraordinary lengths to cover indigenous peoples defending nature in order to bring their stories to the international community and increase their ability to effectively organize around threats to their cultures, communities and territories.

We Expose Injustice

We act swiftly and fearlessly to expose the transgressions of a wide range of armed and unarmed actors that negatively impact indigenous rights, including an almost countless number of mining, oil, logging, coal and hydro dam companies.

We Promote a More Democratic, Equitable and Just Society

We seek out stories that promote a more inclusive, democratic, ecologically-responsible and just world.

We Investigate Threats to Biodiversity

We investigate potential and ongoing threats to biodiversity, particularly when those threat laws are not being covered by other news outlets.

We Uncover Racist Laws, Policies and Practices

White nationalism is on the rise, and if we don’t take a stand against it, we can be swept away by the tide. For that reason, we consider it our moral obligation to uncover any law, policy or practice that empowers or encourages racial resentment.

We Support Threatened Journalists and Defenders

We make it a point to support indigenous frontline defenders as well as indigenous journalists–who often get overlooked.

We Underline Resilience

We cover stories that underline indigenous-led conservation initiatives, climate resilience, ecosystem restoration and indigenous sustainability.

We Raise Indigenous Voices

We give indigenous intellectuals, diplomats, community leaders and governing authorities a space to tell their own stories, without intermediaries.

We Document UNDRIP implementation

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples may only be a set of principles for signatory states, but those states have nevertheless pledged to adopt the declaration’s principles. We take the time to document the steps that states are taking in good or bad faith.

We Focus Public and Policy Discourse

We strive to democratize local, national, and international policy discourse; and provide thought leaders in media and academia with the insight they need to inform the public.

We Analyze Obstacles

We consistently examine the institutional, political, cultural and social obstacles that challenge Indigenous rights and freedoms.

We Examine Language and Culture Revitalization

We cover stories about language revitalization, cultural preservation and a wide array of campaigns, concepts and cosmovisions that are crucial to our collective well-being.

We Follow-up on Stories

Long after the media loses interest in any particular indigenous struggle, we continue to monitor the situation and follow-up as our resources will allow.

We Strive for Journalism Excellence

We strive to set an impeccable journalism standard that is fearless, uncompromising, accurate, culturally responsible, and free of exaggeration, sensationalism and other unethical or unprofessional practices.

We Mentor our Journalists

Whether we are working with an aspiring university student, a veteran reporter or a seasoned academic, we always look for ways to help our contributors improve their craft.

We Set a Good Example

Additionally, we strive to set an impeccable journalism standard that is fearless, uncompromising, accurate, culturally responsible, and free of exaggeration, sensationalism and other unethical or unprofessional practices . We strongly believe that a fair and honest representation of the facts is all we require to achieve justice.