The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), according to its Three-Year Plan 2017-2020, will review the Native Broadcasting Policy (CRTC 1990-89) next year. The gatherings entitled "The Future of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Broadcasting" aim to bring practitioners, policy makers and academics together as allies to prepare a context for respectful and meaningful consultation. The idea is to create or identify the terms of reference for the CRTC deliberations to ensure that any policy changes support the development goals that Indigenous media activists, broadcasters, and community members themselves identify. The national event in Ottawa will continue the conversation by sharing the outcomes from five regional events, over forty presentations, and keynote speeches by MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou) and Ryan McMahon (Makoons Media Group). This gathering seeks to share decision making power with the people, and to assert Indigenous rights to media democracy 'for as long as the waters flow'.
NATIONAL EVENT DETAILS: http://indigenousradio.ca/Ottawa.php
WHERE: University of Ottawa, Alex Trebek Alumni Bldg (157 Séraphin-Marion Private) in Johnson Hall (Room 116)
WHEN: Thursday, June 15, to Saturday, June 17, 201
Sessions will also focus on the CRTC Native Broadcasting Policy (http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/1990/PB90-89.htm) and the process for the upcoming policy review.
Participants are invited to comment on the following questions:
-How would you like the CRTC consultation process to be conducted?
-How should the review process itself be changed?
-What should the policy entail?
-What are the elements to include or exclude?
-What changes would be required to the Broadcasting Act, 1991, to ensure the policy is upheld?
To continue the conversation, we invite you to review the conference archives from the gatherings in Winnipeg, Iqaluit, Edmonton, Homalco First Nation, and Halifax: http://indigenousradio.ca/Conference-Archives.php
In preparation for The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting national conference in Ottawa, we acknowledge these events are proposed to take place on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.
We would like to thank the following organizations for their ongoing support: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Wawatay Communications Society, Community Media Advocacy Centre, CKWE 103.9, First Mile Connectivity Consortium, Forum for Research and Policy in Communications, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada - Strategic and Statistics Research Directorate, Media@McGill, University of Manitoba - Department of Anthropology, University of Ottawa - Department of Communication, University of Ottawa - Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa, University of King's College, University of Alberta, Homalco First Nation Radio, Aupe Cultural Enhancement Society, CHUO 89.1, CKDU 88.1, UMFM 101.5, CFRT 107.3, l'Association des Francophones du Nunavut, and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC).