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Friday, August 9, 2013



As a freelance writer, I write for several First Nations media outlets. These include Anishinabek News, the Native Canadian, FNH Magazine, New Tribe Magazine, and Windspeaker.  I can also do photography of events.

I’m available for many types of jobs. These include:

Blog Posts

Book Reviews

Feature Articles

Profile Pieces

Event Listings

Business Profiles

Photography of Events


Christine J. McFarlane
670 St. Clair Avenue West
Apt. 3
Toronto, Ontario, M6C 1B1
Cell: 416-668-8734


     University of Toronto: Honors Bachelor of Arts. Specialist in Aboriginal Studies
      St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology: Journalism Print Program


Research Assistant/Writer: Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives at the University of Toronto
January 2013-May 2013

  • Disseminated diabetes research and wrote articles for various media outlets-Indian Country Today Media Network, Native Canadian Centre, Anishinabek News

Research/Media Assistant: Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives at the University of Toronto
January 2012-March 2012

·      Designing survey, gathering and compiling data,
·       Annual activity report
·      Promotional items for Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives at the University of Toronto
·      Photography of events

 Resource Centre Assistant: work- study program at The University of Toronto:
      September 2010-March 2011
·      Shelved and helped organize First Nations House library resource material
·      Provided reception work-answering phones, providing information

 Research Assistant: Work-study program at the University of Toronto:
 October 2008-March 2009
·      Digitized historical documents
·      Worked autonomously

  Ciimaan Language Initiative Project: University of Toronto
       February 2009- March 2009 and May 2009-to 2010
·      Developed and assembled Ciimaan newsletter
·      Created and produced instructional language videos for social media/network
·      Worked both autonomously and as part of a team
·      Developed knowledge regarding the successful running of a language camp


Shameless Magazine-Contributing Editor-
January 2013-present
·      Editor for Indigenous Column- “Beyond the Books” about issues that are not taught in mainstream media are explored
·      Contribute to the Shameless Blog

The Toronto Review of Books- Contributing Editor
November 2012-present
·      Contribute to Chirograph Blog on all things Indigenous
August 2012-present
·      Book/music reviews

New Tribe Magazine: Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth
January 2012-present
·      Write articles pertaining to positive role models for urban First Nations youth

Windspeaker: AMMSA: Calgary, Alberta
December 2010-present
·      Provide book reviews on First Nations books

First Nations House Magazine: University of Toronto-
         September 2008-2013
·      Write articles relevant to First Nations people in the University community.

Anishinabek News:
July 2008-present          
·      Write about Native issues relevant to Anishinabek Nation

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto:
September 2006-September 2013
·      Write articles and column for NCCT newsletter 


·      2012- Transforming Lives Award
·      2011- Aboriginal Emerging Writer Residency Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
·      2011- President’s Award for Outstanding Native Student of the Year-University of Toronto
·      2010-Rosalind Bradford Scholarship
·      2007-2010 (consecutively)-Post Secondary Education Bursary-National
Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
·       2009- Dr. Lillian McGregor Aboriginal Award of Excellence-University of


·      2010- Juno Award Judge for Aboriginal Album of the Year

·      February 2010-present-Indigenous Waves Radio Show- reading/preparing current events on a weekly basis

·      Summer 2008-present-First Nations House- University of Toronto- helping out when needed
·      2006-2007-Young Native Artists Calendar Project

·      June 2003-2006-Native Canadian Centre of Toronto: volunteer work-Membership Department and History Project Department, filing, data entry, special events, reception work and mailing out of newsletter


Skills: I am a practiced and conscientious writer, as my attached curriculum vitae attests, and I remain in high demand for various First Nations newspapers. I am an individual who can rise to challenges, learn things quickly and can work individually or in a team
Interests: After overcoming many hardships, I have dedicated my life and my writing career to 
portraying a positive outlook and am deeply committed to being a positive role model so that youth are witness to the fact that success can be achieved. I believe that understanding our histories, being able to write about it, and working together creates a better understanding and brings people together.
Challenges: I am actively engaged in writing for several newspapers, and maintain a daily blog that focuses on First Nations issues. However writing is just one aspect of what I can do to create change, I want to be actively out in the community and that means finding employment that focuses on challenging every aspect of myself.


  • Cynthia C. Wesley-Esquimaux, Ph.D- Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E1. Chair/Managing Director, The Canadian Roots Exchange, Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation,
(905) 252-5441/(705) 437-4748/(807) 766-7177

  • Maurice Switzer-Editor- Anishinabek News. Union of Ontario Indians. P.O Box 711, Nipissing First Nation, North Bay, Ontario P1B 8J8 (705) 497 9127

  • John Medeiros, Editor of USAY (Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth) New Tribe Magazine, Suite 600-615 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 4T8 (403) 233-8225

If you are interested in commissioning work, please contact me at


Chi miigwetch (Big Thank you)

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