Reflection: Shifting our journalism from historic harm to community healing – Nunatsiaq News

Jan 4, 2023

Nunatsiaq News reporter Meral Jamal looks back on how she covered the Papal visit

Pope Francis’ visit to Canada this year was a long time coming. Yet, in the lead-up to the actual event, I wasn’t sure how I could contribute effectively to Nunatsiaq News’ coverage.

There are the glaring realities of being in this job with the identity I inhabit. I am not Inuk. I am not Canadian. I have no history with the Catholic Church — I was born and raised a practising Muslim 12,000 kilometres away in the Middle East.

I was also based in Ottawa at the time, the city I called home since I moved to Canada for university in 2017. (I moved to Iqaluit this September.)

It was all a challenge. Knowing that I am not the best or right person to be writing about the papal visit, yet knowing I came into this job feeling responsible for sharing and honouring the richness and diversity of the Inuit homeland, of Nunavummiut.

I joined Nunatsiaq News first and foremost because I wanted to be an ally.

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