The idea for organizing regional events and a national conference was developed by John Gagnon, Executive Director of Wawatay Communications Society, Gretchen King, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Ottawa, and Chris Albinati, Ph.D. student at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. King and Albinati are co-founders of the Community Media Advocacy Centre. They contacted Associate Professor Geneviève Bonin in the summer of 2016 to ask her if she would like to try to obtain public funding for this project considering her long-standing interest in radio and broadcasting policies. Assistant Professor Kathleen Buddle, an anthropologist, also joined the team with experience working with the Indigenous media community. The five of us are the project team.
In July 2016 we submitted an application for a Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. We were notified that our application was successful in October at which time we began facilitating these gatherings. In allocating the funds we have raised, more than 50% of the budget will support the organization and implementation of six events in six different regions of Canada (to pay student workers, paying venues and food costs, translation of materials, renting simultaneous translation and av equipment, etc.) and more than 30% will support the participation (by covering travel and accommodation costs) of Indigenous people, women, and other people facing systemic challenges and barriers.
The project team wishes to make clear that none of us are affiliated with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (the CRTC) in any formal capacity. These gatherings and national conference are not related to the current licence applications under CRTC 2017-1 or any other CRTC procedures. Additionally, the website URL may be registered as IndigenousRadio.ca; however, this event aims to discuss Indigenous multi-media and is not exclusively about radio. There are a number of presenters speaking about online media, print, audio (podcasting and radio), and video (television and film). The project team has prepared this PDF slide (LINK) to compile the outcomes of these events, including post-conference activities.
The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence is organized by:
To review media coverage of these events and the work of our Project Team CLICK HERE