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Call to Action #84


84. We call upon the federal government to restore and increase funding to the CBC/Radio-Canada, to enable Canada’s national public broadcaster to support reconciliation, and be properly reflective of the diverse cultures, languages, and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples, including, but not limited to:

i. Increasing Aboriginal programming, including Aboriginal-language speakers.

ii. Increasing equitable access for Aboriginal peoples to jobs, leadership positions, and professional development opportunities within the organization.

iii. Continuing to provide dedicated news coverage and online public information resources on issues of concern to Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians, including the history and legacy of residential schools and the reconciliation process.


Assimilation is vital to harmony between both cultures and communities. This call for action seeks media converge increase in aboriginal exclusive stories and stories. Currently there are list of aboriginal radio stations and hosts that broadcast directly to aboriginal communities and reserves. Issues such as genuine exposure broadcasting to wider audiences are desired for greater understanding of all communities.


In more recent news there have been failures of license renewal “On June 25, 2015, the CRTC denied the renewals, revoked their broadcast licenses, and ordered Voices Radio to cease broadcasting by July 25, 2015.” This was due to failures to broadcast a sufficient amount of local news content in each of its markets that reflects stories of interest to their respective aboriginal communities.


Further Reading:

A Brief History of Aboriginal Hip Hop,


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Call to Action #85

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We call upon the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, as an independent non-profit broadcaster with programming by, for, and about Aboriginal peoples, to support reconciliation, including but not limited to:


i. Continuing to provide leadership in programming and organizational culture that reflects the diverse cultures, languages, and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples.


ii. Continuing to develop media initiatives that inform and educate the Canadian public, and connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.


We note that budget cuts have reduced the CBC‘s “capacity to provide Aboriginal programming”.  It therefore calls for greater funding for the CBC.  It also notes that the APTN “is well positioned to provide media leadership to support the reconciliation process.” A joint effort by both broadcasting stations would offer diverse language perspective of both journalist/broadcasting styles.


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Call to Action #86

We call upon Canadian journalism programs and media schools to require education for all students on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations.


Parents of First Nations students on reserves express the fear that their children are failing to develop a positive sense of their identity and that curricula rarely reflects their children’s true history, diverse cultures and languages and their contributions to Canada.

The call would require aboriginal authors and historians that document the treaties and laws for students. University of Saskatchewan has implemented centers to promote strategies and solutions for legal issues and allowing financial and resources for those in the community and students of the school alike.


Further Reading:’s-aboriginal-education-crisis-column


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