The convergence continues! After five regional gatherings from February to May 2017 and the national conference in Ottawa held June 15-17, 2017, the discussion is ongoing concerning the future of Indigenous broadcasting. Stay tuned to the Conference Archives page for details on continuing the conversation and the date for the post-conference event in Montreal. is a SSHRC-funded (among other supporters) CMAC partnership with Wawatay Communications Society, University of Ottawa, and the University of Manitoba.

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ORAL PRESENTATION: October 17, 2017 – CMAC made comments during the public hearing convened for Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-160, advocating for the Commission to “take bold and direct action, to protect community TV a crucial third pillar of Canadian broadcasting.”

INTERVENTION: September 5, 2017 – Commenting on the Part 1 application by Rogers Media Inc. to amend condition of licence – Quebec feed across Canada for OMNI Regional, CRTC 2017-0685-5, CMAC filed an intervention to recommend the Commission reject the request by Rogers Media Inc. to amend a condition of licence for its OMNI regional feed (ICI-Quebec) and drastically decrease the local-independently-produced ethnic television programming quotas for the province from 14 hours a week to 14 hours a month.

INTERVENTION: August 4, 2017 – CMAC submitted an intervention regarding the Sirius XM Canada Inc. Part 1 Application 2017-0560-0 – Tangible benefits proposal filed by Sirius XM Canada Inc. in response to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-114. CMAC respectfully asked the Commission to reject the Applicant’s proposal to reallocate any of the discretionary benefits earmarked for the Broadcasting Participation Fund (BPF), a crucial service in funding and thereby facilitating accessible and representative public participation within CRTC policy processes. 

INTERVENTION: June 27, 2017 – CMAC filed an intervention on the public record for CRTC 2017-160. Within this intervention, CMAC advises the following,Where BDUs, according to data reviewed by CMAC, continue to stand in non-compliance of the Policy, and given the severity of the non-compliance for community access programming and close captioning requirements, CMAC recommends the CRTC apply Section 32(2)(b) of the Act and fine non-compliant BDUs.” 

LETTER: April 24, 2017 – The Community Media Advocacy Centre wrote to the Governor General of Canada, the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, concerning issues related to racism at the CRTC. The letter sheds light on the behaviour of the Commission, and particularly the Chair, during the recent public hearing (CRTC 2017-1) reflecting, in CMAC’s opinion, systemic and overt racism and a colonial mentality at the Commission. CMAC asks that immediate action be taken to address discrimination against Indigenous and racialized persons by the CRTC. To read the letter, click here: LETTER_CRTC_2017-1_24042017

ORAL PRESENTATION: March 27, 2017 – The transcript from CMAC’s Oral Presentation in Gatineau, QC, at the Public Hearing for CRTC 2017-1 is available here: TranscriptofCMACInterventionQA and the audio from presentation of the Community Media Advocacy Centre is available here: CMAC_CRTC(2017-1).

INTERVENTION: February 7, 2017 – CMAC submitted an intervention (CRTC 2017-1) with the Commission to support applications by Wawatay Native Communications Society, Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta, and Northern Native Broadcasting for Indigenous radio stations in five cities across the state of Canada. CMAC’s intervention also opposes competing applications by VMS Media Group Ltd. and First Peoples Radio Inc.

UPDATE: February 6, 2017 – Meeting with Dan Smith, Director General, Portfolio Affairs at Heritage, took place, as requested in our September 2016 letter (LETTER_RAJSHOAN_06092016). On January 17, 2017, The Wire Report interviewed CMAC Vice President for an article on diversity at the CRTC (see “Address diversity gaps when filling CRTC roles, minister told” by Charelle Evelyn).

INTERVENTION: January 16, 2017 – CMAC filed an intervention (CRTC 2016-1052-7 & 2015-0961-3) with the Commission to support an application by Gimaa Giigidoowin Communications seeking a license transfer for an Indigenous radio station in M’Chigeeng, Ontario.

CONVERGENCE: February thru June, 2017 – Dr. Genevieve Bonin (uOttawa) has been awarded funds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Connection Grant program for a project with Wawatay Communications Society, Dr. Kathleen Buddle (uManitoba), and CMAC to organize “The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence.” This conference will kick-start discussions in the practitioner, policy and academic worlds prior to the CRTC’s review of the current “Native Broadcasting Policy.” The Call for Proposals, locations and dates of the national conference to be held in Ottawa June 15-17 and the regional meetings being convened across the state of Canada, beginning on February 17 in Winnipeg, are available online at Email for more information.


UPDATE: November 16th, 2016 – “With regard to a request for a meeting to discuss systemic inequity in representation at the CRTC, please be assured it has been noted and will be given every consideration.”  —The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage 

LETTER: September 6, 2016 – The Community Media Advocacy Centre and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations submitted a letter to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage (copying the Governor General of Canada and the CRTC Chairman). The letter concerns Raj Shoan, former CRTC Commissioner for the Region of Ontario, following his removal from the position in June by an Order of Council, for reasons which have not been publicly disclosed. CMAC and UARR urge the Minister and Governor-in-Council to reconsider the decision to dismiss Commissioner Shoan. To read the letter, click here: LETTER_RAJSHOAN_06092016.

For previous initiatives, see: CMAC Strategies