You probably know that as the national public broadcaster, we are the only media organization with a mandate to connect all Canadians, in French, English and in eight aboriginal languages.
But did you know that more than a million Canadians identify themselves as belonging to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada?
Within the walls of CBC/Radio-Canada work just some of Canada’s most outspoken and creative Aboriginal peoples. And for Aboriginal Awareness Week (May 22-25), I want to shout it from the rooftops.
Think Wab Kinew, reporter/editor, native rights activist and hip hop artist. Think Duncan McCue, award-winning news and current affairs reporter. Think Waubgeshig Rice, broadcast journalist and writer. Think Richard Agecoutay, videographer and Gemini nominee. Think Merelda Fiddler, producer, part-time professor, and Saskatchewan Métis woman with a message!
In their own way, each of these individuals makes a concerted effort to promote their own respective Aboriginal cultures while also working to improve the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Canada.
With such inspiring people on board, is it any wonder that CBC/Radio-Canada boasts some of the world’s best Aboriginal programming?
These days, CBC/Radio-Canada has been producing some great content – musical, dramatic, documentary-style – that can introduce you to the reality (and beauty) of our Aboriginal cultures.
Consider 8th Fire. A CBC/Radio-Canada cross-cultural production, this program propels you past stereotypes and misunderstandings, to encounters with an impressive new generation of Aboriginal Canadians. It profiles the emerging leaders, artists, activists and thinkers. It explores the best ideas for change. Above all, it lights the way forward, the way to get the relationship right.
Let’s not forget CBC’s Arctic Air, an adventure series about a family-run airline in the Arctic.
And if you’re more musically inclined, you can listen to Aboriginal music through CBC Music or through Trailbreakers on CBC Radio One. The award-winning CBC Radio One series ReVision Quest is also available on-demand.
Dive right in. I dare you. You’ll be dazzled.
- Julia Morris-von Luczenbacher, Client services advisor, Corporate Communications, CBC/Radio-Canada