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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: The new deadline for making proposals is January 16, 2017 for Winnipeg with a rolling deadline for the other regional events (closing one-month prior to the activity) and a deadline of May 1, 2017 for the national conference in Ottawa.

Regional Events - February to May 2017
National Conference - June 15 to 17, 2017

With the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s Native Broadcasting Policy (CRTC 1990-89) review proposed to take place next year (CRTC Three Year Plan 2016-2019), The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence will kick-start discussions in the practitioner, policy and academic worlds. From February to May 2017,

six regional one-day gatherings will be held across Canada:

*Winnipeg, MB – 17 February 2017
*Chisasibi, QC – 20 March 2017
*Iqaluit, NU – 10 April 2017
*Edmonton, AB – 21 April 2017 (to be confirmed)
*Campbell River, BC – 8 May 2017
*Halifax, NS – 18 May 2017

These regional gatherings will culminate in the convening of a national three-day conference in:
*Ottawa, ON – 15-17 June 2017 at the University of Ottawa.

The preparation of these events is based on a respectful engagement with Indigenous Peoples to support their needs as it relates to scholarship and research about Indigenous media, specifically the CRTC’s upcoming public review of the Native Broadcasting Policy. Although the timing of the Native Broadcasting Policy review itself is critical, unfortunately, there is no active and established national association for the Indigenous radio sector. This void is the impetus for these outreach activities leading up to the national conference that will bring together First Nations, Inuit, and Métis broadcasters, the general public, established and emerging scholars as well as civil society actors and organizations working in the areas of Indigenous issues, communications law, and media policy to discuss the main challenges facing the sector today in preparation for the upcoming CRTC policy review.

How to make a proposal

We are seeking proposals for paper presentations, panels, workshops, round-table discussions, focus groups, and public or private meetings that will be organized into three streams related to Indigenous media policies, practices, and research. We also invite hands-on media and technology skill-sharing workshops targeting Indigenous youth participants, but open to all who are interested.

To make a proposal, choose the option “Propose an activity” and fill out the form:

Proposals can be made for the regional events and/or national conference. Each proposal submitted should address one or more of the following questions guiding the organization of these events:

1. What is the state of the Indigenous broadcasting sector as identified by Indigenous broadcasters?
2. What do Indigenous Peoples want and need from the Indigenous broadcasting sector?
3. What urgent challenges need to be addressed by changes to policy in order to ensure the Indigenous broadcasting sector can fulfill those needs?
4. What insights do key stakeholders working in the areas of Indigenous issues, communications law, and media policy offer on the ways forward?
5. What investments and skills are needed for the reclamation and preservation of regional languages and to implement a sustainable future for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis broadcasting?

Deadline for the presentation of proposals: December 12, 2016.

Acceptance notifications along with a preliminary program will be sent by December 21, 2016.

Are you a design student or emerging artist? Check out the call for event logo proposals. The winning designer will receive a cash prize and more. See details here: