Shelby Lisk

Belleville, Ont.

An award-winning photojournalist from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory with a background in visual arts, media, gender and Indigenous studies, with more than three years experience working with editorial and commercial clients across Canada to produce stories using a triple skill set: writing, photography and film. Passionate about the future of Indigenous journalism and stories.


Queen’s University & Tsi
Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na

Certificate in Mohawk Language and Culture

Loyalist College 2019
Photojournalism Diploma

University of Ottawa 2015
Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a
specialization in photography,
Minor in Gender Studies


Freelance Photographer & Writer 2014 – Present

Visual Intern, The Globe and Mail, Toronto   2019

Multimedia Intern, AMJVisuals, Cobourg    2019

Photojournalist, Pioneer Newspaper, Belleville   2018 – 2019

Media Manager, Kenhté:ke Seed Sanctuary, Tyendinaga    2018 - 2019

Indigenous Content Producer, Bay of Quinte Tourism, Belleville     2018

Indigenous Student Liaison, Loyalist College, Belleville     2017 – 2018

Media Relations, Kagita Mikam, Tyendinaga     2017 – 2018

Teaching Assistant, photography course, Discovery University, Ottawa      2014 – 2015


Experienced creating relationships with and passionate about Indigenous communities and stories

Honed interpersonal and negotiating skills, practiced ability in interviewing and creating trusting rapport with subjects and clients

Produced, filmed and edited a variety of short video pieces

Written and photographed content for social media, websites, blogs, advertisements, newspaper and magazines

Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Premier Pro, Photo Mechanic, Google Suite, Microsoft Suite, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Canadian Press Guidelines


Student Multimedia of the year, News Photographer's Association of Canada  2019
Farzana Wahidy Premiers Award in photojournalism, Loyalist College  2018
Bill Hunt Memorial Award for reporting & writing, Loyalist College        2018
Indigenous Art & Stories award for creative writing, Historica Canada     2018
Emerging Indigenous Reporter Scholarship, Journalists for Human Rights       2017
Daïmôn Prize for Photography, University of Ottawa      2014

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