About Kukukwes.com

Kukukwes.com is a news website dedicated to covering Indigenous news in Atlantic Canada. Award-winning journalist Maureen Googoo is the owner/editor of Kukukwes.com.

About Maureen Googoo

Maureen Googoo is Mi’kmaq from the Indian Brook First Nation and a member of the Sipekne’katik Band in Nova Scotia. A born storyteller, Maureen has been working in journalism for nearly 30 years. She has worked as reporter, editor and producer in radio, television, print and online news. Throughout her career, Maureen has worked for news media outlets such as:

  • The Micmac News
  • CBC Radio in locations such as Halifax, Sydney, Toronto and La Ronge, Sask.
  • The Chronicle-Herald newspaper in the Halifax newsroom as well as the Dartmouth and Truro bureaus
  • The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in the Halifax News Bureau

In 2008, Maureen Googoo was the recipient of the Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award with the Association of Electronic Journalists for a radio documentary she produced for CBC Radio Atlantic about two Aboriginal groups in Nova Scotia seeking official recognition from the federal government.

Maureen was also part of the news team at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network that won a 2003 Native American Journalists Association award for a television news special on the fourth anniversary of the 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Donald Marshall commercial fishery case.

Maureen Googoo has a degree in Political Science from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, a post-graduate journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

About Stephen Brake

Stephen Brake is a professional photographer from Halifax, N.S. and the Photo Editor for Kukukwes.com. Stephen has nearly 30 years of experience in photography.

Stephen graduated from NSCAD University in Halifax with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and a minor in Graphic Design. While he was studying at NSCAD, he spent a semester at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.

Stephen specializes in portrait and landscape photography as well as photojournalism. His photography website is at zoneonephoto.com.


“The first thing that strikes you about Maureen Googoo when you first meet her is her sense of humour. She loves a good laugh and exudes an infectious joie de vivre. But don’t let that fool you. She is also a serious journalist who has the experience, knowledge, technological ability and talent to hold to account a flawed world and its cast of characters, be they aboriginal or not.” – Laurent Le Pierrès, Opinions Page Editor, The Chronicle Herald

“Maureen Googoo is an accomplished journalist. In my experience working with her, she has shown strong initiative and hard work. I believe she has the vision to be successful in many endeavors and wish her well in this new venture.” – Kathy Large, retired CBC Radio manager.

“Maureen Googoo is one of the most experienced journalists covering Indigenous issues in Canada. She has an undying commitment to her people and region, as well as to hard news and quality journalism. Maureen’s zeal and intelligence mean that viewers of her news website can expect important and well-sourced stories covered in a way no one else can.”Kenneth Williams, former Correspondent/Video Journalist with APTN National News.

“Maureen Googoo is a trusted, experienced and fearless journalist who digs out the truth behind the stories.” Karyn Pugliese, journalist from the Algonquin territory of Ottawa.