ICI Manitoba: One school, 30 nations

We’re setting off this week for Winnipeg, where our colleagues at ICI Manitoba have been busy working on an amazing radio series about diversity, Une école, 30 nations. It airs weekly on L’actuel, with host Geneviève Murchison. The series shines the spotlight on everyday life at a school (École Précieux-Sang) where students hail from 30 nations across the world.

This diversity is reflected in the school’s soccer teams sporting the colours of different countries, music classes making room for African tubano drums, and the instructional approach being completely overhauled to better support refugee children.

The series, part of our special programming for Canada’s 150th anniversary, started in November and will continue in 2017, with plans to expand its digital presence over the coming months.

Interested in learning about some of the other special programs in the works to celebrate 2017? Visit our digital programming guide for all of the details.

– Julien Faille-Lefrançois, Writer-editor, Enterprise Communications

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Inspiring the leaders of tomorrow

img_20170106_114906The world around us changes constantly. These changes can be challenging to navigate, but they also present us with unique opportunities.

This was the overarching message that CBC/Radio-Canada’s President & CEO, Hubert T. Lacroix, delivered to 150 students from Canada’s top business schools across the country at the APEX 2017 Conference on January 6th. This annual conference, hosted by York University’s Schulich School of Business, aims to bridge the gap between business education and professional experience for undergrad students.

This year’s  theme was “Facing Forward”, and featured advice from today’s business leaders to the next generation on how to overcome both career and personal challenges.

Transformation, especially in the media and broadcasting industry, is relentless. Hubert pointed out that as Canada’s public broadcaster, it is important for CBC/Radio-Canada to be at the forefront of these changes. But how do public organizations like CBC/Radio-Canada adjust to these transitions and stay relevant while ensuring that we stay true to our public service mandate?

For Hubert, there’s no question: it’s not enough for us to respond to change, we must face forward and lead change in our industry. If we aim to be reflective of Canadians, we need to change and grow along with them. Canadians now have access to foreign content like never before. They have at their fingertips both the best and the worst that the world has to offer. In a borderless, digital world, we believe that public broadcasting is more important than ever to ensure that Canadian stories thrive.

Interested in finding out more? You can find Hubert Lacroix’s full speech here.

-Kelly Broadfoot, Public Relations, Enterprise Communications

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Final Countdown to 2017…

One hundred and fifty days have come and gone during the countdown to 2017. It feels like only yesterday that we were sweating bullets on a very hot August 4, that came to be known as Day 150. Spectators who attended the launch on the grounds of the Canadian Museum of History clamoured for What’s Your Story, Canada #CBC2017 branded fans to help cool the core from the oppressive 40°C heat. Yet here we find ourselves with only days to go, on a frigidly cold -33°C day, sipping hot drinks to help warm us from the inside out. The dichotomy of these two days, and all of the 150 days in between, gives us pause to reflect and ask ourselves what might Canada’s future look like?

To paraphrase, “Sometimes life can be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards” – Soren Kierkegaard. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the highlights and unforgettable moments that took place over the last 150 days of the countdown as we head into our journey of experiences to come in 2017.

New Year’s Eve: Day 1 marks the New Year’s Eve broadcast show on the Parliament Hill on CBC and Radio-Canada’s platforms.

CBC Television, CBC News Network (from 7 to 9 p.m.) and CBC.CA/2017 will feature a New Year’s Eve show with Rick Mercer as host and a star-studded lineup of musical guests, including Carly Rae Jepson and Brett Kissel in Ottawa, The Strumbellas will play in Halifax, Scott Helman will perform in Montreal, The Bros. Landreth featuring Begonia will play from The Forks in Winnipeg, and Wintersleep will play from Vancouver. The cross-country performances will feed into the celebration broadcasts.  

With every great ending comes an exciting and new beginning. Look for more of what’s in store for 2017. Happy New Year, Happy 150th anniversary!

-Carolyn Bissett, Specialist, Public Relations and Communications

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Canada’s next generation of innovators


As Canada’s public broadcaster, innovation is at the heart of everything that we do. Whether it’s a big shift at the corporate level or a small change by a team member to improve personal performance, at CBC/Radio-Canada innovation helps us to improve our service to Canadians across the country.

When it comes to fostering the next generation of Canadian innovators, we take our role very seriously. Through programming like The Wild Canadian Year, Spark with Nora Young, Quirks and Quarks with Bob McDonald, or through initiatives like Take our Kids to Work Day when we invite grade 9 students in to explore behind the scenes, we encourage youth to create. Another important way that we’ve encouraged innovation is through partnerships, like the STEAM Horizon Awards, where we helped the Canada Science & Technology Museums Corporation Foundation to reward young creators.

The STEAM Horizon Awards will award up to seven Canadian students pursuing  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) with $25,000 to attend a Canadian University.  This can go a long way. To celebrate this, we thought that we would shine the spotlight on some of Canada’s young innovators! We spoke with Nadia, a Grade 12 student from Ottawa who is participating in this year’s STEAM awards.

“ I love science because it explains the world to me, and gives my life more significance and value.”   -Nadia , Grade 12 student

What’s your favourite subject?
Microbiology and biochemistry. To me, science is the basis not only of life, but of all interactions in our universe.  I love technology because so much of everyday life depends on it, and its advancements change our lives for the better. Without it, the world wouldn’t be the same.

What are your favourite programs that have helped spark your interest in the area of science, technology and innovation? The National and Murdoch Mysteries. The National wasn’t only a news source, it was my access to advances and breakthroughs in STEAM fields and my window into their impact on everyday life.

In terms of innovation, Murdoch Mysteries featured important figures in STEAM fields as well as a character who constantly invented and innovated solutions to problems that he encountered. It demonstrated how engineering and design could be used effectively in a variety of situations. This motivated me so much that I bought a fingerprinting kit, and the experience left me with a burning scientific curiosity that has yet to be extinguished.

What impact do the STEAM Horizon awards have on students like yourself? The STEAM Horizon Awards are an opportunity for students to explore the fields we love in a meaningful way. These scholarships remove barriers we might face, such as our financial situation, giving us the freedom to learn, create, and develop our ideas.

What advice do you have for other students to help nurture their love for science, technology & innovating? My advice to other students is to get involved. Get involved in your community, at your school, and even at home. Whether you’re part of a Space Simulation Club or you’re extracting DNA from bananas in your kitchen, action is what turns interest and curiosity into innovation.

We’re not sure about you, but students like Nadia definitely inspire us! Canadian innovators will define our future, and we’re excited to see what our STEAM Horizon Award recipients will do in the years to come.

-Kelly Broadfoot, Departmental Assistant, Enterprise Communications

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Reconciling Towards a Better Tomorrow in 2017

As a country, we have a shared history that we need to make sense of with a goal to find a new way forward. This is where the rubber meets the road for a better future.

You may know what reconciliation means, but when it comes down to it most of us don’t know what we can personally do to make a difference. Reconciliation Canada is an Indigenous-led organization with a goal to inspire positive change in communities in Canada through meaningful dialogue for a better understanding of our shared history, recognizing our common humanity and building stronger relationships.

Stay the course. Be bold. Have vision. Our mutual healing and reconciliation depends on it. -Reconciliation Canada Ambassador, Chief Robert Joseph

This fall, Reconciliation Canada held a sacred ceremony at sunrise called Igniting Reconciliation: Lighting the Sacred Fire on the Squamish Nation territory at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver that served as a beacon of light to guide Canadians throughout 2017 as we celebrate 150 years of Confederation. It marked the significance of the coming year and will ensure that the year begins with the best attitudes and intentions.

Today marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It’s also a day of cultural meaning for some and celebrations for others, as we foray into the depths of winter. On this first day of winter, and the final days as we countdown to 2017, let’s take a moment to stop, breathe, reflect and renew who we are as a country and where we see ourselves going.

The time to step up and take action towards revitalizing the relationship with Canada’s Indigenous peoples is now, and the fact that it happens to be Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 is timely indeed. We are at a pivotal moment in Canadian history and each person has an important role to play in reconciliation, begging the question of what you can do as a Canadian?

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey. With 2017 right around the corner, we believe that together we can achieve a new way forward for all.

Click here to learn more about Reconciliation Canada, Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy,and how you can get involved in 2017.

Reconciliation Canada's Sacred Fire Ceremony, Spetember 2016

Reconciliation Canada’s Sacred Fire Ceremony, Spetember 2016

Reconciliation Canada’s Sacred Fire Ceremony, September 2016

Reconciliation Canada’s Sacred Fire Ceremony, September 2016

Reconciliation Canada’s Walk for Reconciliation, bringing together 70,000 people, September 2013

Reconciliation Canada’s Walk for Reconciliation, bringing together 70,000 people, September 2013

What can you do to get involved in the Reconciliation process?

Educate yourself
Educate your children
Participate in a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
Host a Reconciliation dialogue
Visit an Aboriginal friendship centre and/or participate in cultural celebrations
Add your voice to the national narrative
Complete and carry a Back pocket Reconciliation Action Plan, and share it with family and friends

-Carolyn Bissett, Specialist, Public Relations and Communications

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