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.
Compiled By: Aaron Furbert