Kanina Holmes

Associate Professor, Carleton University Ottawa

Kanina Holmes is an Associate Professor at Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario.

Kanina will be guiding us through how she organizes her field-trip teaching project called “Stories North.”  She calls it “placed-based teaching.” https://www.storiesnorth.com/

Stories North came to life through a Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award that she won in 2017.

Since its start and over the past three summers, through Stories North  she has brought 42 Carleton students to the Yukon for four weeks packed with transformative life and learning experiences.

Stories North is a direct response to the Calls To Action in the final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission aimed at fundamentally changing the way we teach journalism and the ways we report on the issues most important to Canada’s Indigenous peoples, issues that should be important to all Canadians.

Kanina told us about this adventure she was planning when it was just an idea. You have asked us to give you an update to this inspiration and journalistically worthwhile effort.

Over the course her journalism career she produced stories from the basket of a dog sled to the mud floor of a Tanzanian hut. She reported from Prairie towns devastated by natural calamities and produced newscasts amid the hum of CBC’s national broadcast centre. Her professional career included has included stints in local and national radio (CBC Ottawa, CBC Whitehorse), local and national television (CTV in Ottawa, Global News in Winnipeg and CBC Ottawa and CBC North), as a foreign correspondent in East and Central Africa (Gemini News) and as senior correspondent for an international wire service (Reuters).