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This year — the sec­ond in the CRTC’s Three Year Plan (20162019) — the Cana­di­an Radio-tele­vi­sion and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion plans to review the Native Broad­cast­ing Pol­i­cy (CRTC 1990 – 89). The gath­er­ings enti­tled The Future of First Nations, Inu­it and Métis Broad­cast­ing: Con­ver­sa­tion and Con­ver­gence” aim to bring prac­ti­tion­ers, pol­i­cy mak­ers and aca­d­e­mics togeth­er as allies and to pre­pare a con­text for respect­ful and mean­ing­ful con­sul­ta­tions. Region­al events will be held from Feb­ru­ary to May cul­mi­nat­ing in a nation­al con­fer­ence host­ed in Ottawa from June 15 – 17.

The kick-off event will take place in Win­nipeg at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Man­i­to­ba, Saint John’s Col­lege (92 Dysart Road), Room 108, on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 17, 2017, from 8am – 5pm.

Pre­sen­ters in Win­nipeg will include:

  • Rosan­na Deer­child and Kim Wheel­er, Sto­ry­telling on Nation­al Ikwe Radio
  • Gary Farmer and Kath­leen Bud­dle, Abo­rig­i­nal Voic­es Radio Network
  • Jim Comp­ton, Adam Beach Film Insti­tute and Engag­ing Indige­nous Youth
  • MP Robert-Fal­con Ouel­lette, At the Edge of Cana­da on UMFM
  • Lenard Monkman, Red Ris­ing Mag­a­zine on print & inter­net publishing

Two ses­sions will focus on the CRTC Native Broad­cast­ing Pol­i­cy 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?

The region­al events are free and open to the pub­lic. Par­tic­i­pants are invit­ed to reg­is­ter online at www​.Indige​nous​Ra​dio​.ca.