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Maclean’s writer Kyle Edwards earns two CAJ award nominations –

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 2019284 Views

An insightful new voice in Canadian journalism, Edwards was recognized for both his feature writing and his portfolio of work on Indigenous issues

Apr 3, 2019

Maclean’s writer Kyle Edwards earned two nominations for the 2018 Canadian Association of Journalists Awards, an annual event that recognizes the best in Canadian journalism.

His feature on the disproportionate number of First Nations children in the foster care system—and the families ready to fight back—was nominated in the Best Text Feature category. Edwards writes in the piece: “Their demands, and the sheer weight of the statistics, have thrust government into arguably its greatest challenge since it came to grips with the residential school disaster. How do authorities change the appalling numbers while addressing immediate risks—from neglect to malnutrition to abuse—to Indigenous children? How do they protect youngsters while ending a practice redolent of the devastating policies that many believe led to the conditions they were born into in the first place?”

The story helped fuel an important national discussion and elicited an immediate response from the Indigenous Services minister at the time, Jane Philpott, who said, citing the piece, “this is a top priority.”

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