Justin Brake (settler, he/him) is a reporter and editor at The Independent, a role in which he previously served from 2012 to 2017. In recent years, he has worked as a contributing editor at The Breach and as a reporter and executive producer with APTN News. In 2017, Justin was criminally charged for reporting from the Indigenous-led occupation of Muskrat Falls. Those charges were dropped following a landmark 2019 ruling from Newfoundland and Labrador’s Court of Appeal that affirmed journalists’ special role in covering Indigenous protest and established a legal precedent prohibiting the arbitrary use of court injunctions against journalists. Justin was born in Gander and raised in Saskatchewan and Ontario. He returned home in 2007 to study at Memorial University and now lives with his partner and children in Benoit’s Cove, Bay of Islands.