NAJA 2023 National Native Media Conference set for Aug. 10-12 in Winnipeg

Native American Journalists Association’s annual conference to be hosted at the Delta Hotel and RBC Convention Center in downtown Winnipeg

Registration & Special Events Conference Program Proposals, Sponsorships Lodging & Travel Awards

US based prospective attendees are encouraged to begin the process of renewing or acquiring their passports ASAP.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Native American Journalists Association will host the 2023 National Native Media Conference Aug. 10-12 downtown at the Delta Hotel and RBC Convention Center Winnipeg.

This year marks 40 years that Indigenous journalists have worked to support and sustain NAJA. Originally formed as the Native American Press Association in 1983, the name changed in 1990, to be more inclusive of broadcast journalists. The organization has grown from just a handful of reporters to a membership of nearly 1,000, which includes Indigenous journalists, funders, educators and partners across the United States and Canada.

“I’m honored that the board voted in favor of bringing NAJA back to its roots. We have been floating the idea of hosting the conference in Canada again since 2019. This organization was founded by journalists from both sides of the medicine line and I am proud to see us carry on that legacy,” NAJA Associate Director and former president Francine Compton said.

Winnipeg is home to Compton and a place that became a cornerstone of Indigenous journalism.

“A foundation was built here by APTN and CBC Indigenous. I can’t wait for everyone to see that. I look forward to hosting our members and industry friends in Winnipeg in 2023,” she said.


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Members, attendees and exhibitors can now register for the 2023 National Native Media Conference with the discounted early-bird rate through June 1. 

Pricing for all tiers includes access to workshops, sessions, screenings and keynote presentations, as well as Opening Night Reception and daily breakfast. In addition, all attendees will have on-demand access to programming on the NAJA Conference Hub following the event. 

Special event and meal tickets for the NAJA Membership Luncheon, National Native Media Awards Banquet and After-Awards Reception are not included with registration. 

All pricing is available on the conference registration site.

The 2023 Conference Sponsorship Guide includes pricing and information on all opportunities and is available by request from:

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Special Events

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Tickets for the NAJA Membership Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m are available for purchase for $75 for members and non-members. Attendees will review NAJA’s accomplishments over the past year and the organization will present the 2023 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award. An informal meet-and-greet with NAJA Board of Directors candidates will follow.

Tickets to the National Native Media Awards Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 6 -9 p.m. are available for purchase for $100 and includes access to the NAJA After-Awards Reception following the banquet. A ticket bundle for both events is available for $135.

Celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada, the work of fellow NAJA members and support Indigenous journalism by bidding on items during the silent auction, which benefits NAJA scholarships. The online auction site will open before the event with more information on donations and bidding forthcoming. 

Register here.

Conference Program Proposals, Sponsorships

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The call for National Native Media Conference proposals closed March 24 however, NAJA has reserved space in the program for sponsored sessions and events.

NAJA will facilitate conference program sessions about best practices in Indigenous media, training and workshops to support and enhance the knowledge and skills of journalists covering Indigenous communities. 

NAJA seeks program proposals that are informative, educational and training-based, led by Indigenous journalists teaching in-depth skills and sharing new insights on media. Proposals that explore data of Indigenous populations are also encouraged.

Opportunities for branding, sponsored content and participation in the 2023 Indigenous Media Expo are available through the 2023 Sponsorship Guide. Please direct sponsorship inquiries to:

Lodging & Travel

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Conference attendees may reserve rooms on the NAJA hotel room block at the Delta Hotel at the discounted room rates starting at $175 CAD per night through the deadline of July 16 here. Attendees may call 1-800-268-1133 to reserve hotel rooms over the phone and mention the Native American Journalists Association to access the discounted rate.

NAJA is sharing flight discount codes for WestJet and AirCanada airlines to alleviate flight costs. Flights must be booked directly with the airlines from the preferred departure location and arrive at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. 

WestJet is able to offer 5% off Econo and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests traveling Trans-border. The coupon code for booking online is 4P5K3EP. Promo code for booking with a Travel Agent GDS is YBB94. No discount will apply to Basic or Business class bookings. Please visit to make a booking online. The travel period begins Aug. 4 and ends Aug. 20.

AirCanada is able to offer for North America 5% applies on standard fares, 10% on flex fares and higher. For International Travel 10% on standard fares and higher. The promo code is HUXHHB61. Please visit to make a booking online. The travel period begins Aug. 3 and ends Aug. 19.


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The awards have been announced and winners will be recognized during the banquet Aug. 12.

More information regarding the silent auction will be forthcoming. 

Please direct questions to: and check for updates.

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