CBC/Radio-Canada has unveiled the public broadcaster’s first-ever National Indigenous Strategy. Strengthening Relations, Walking Together is a three-year plan committing to better reflect and serve First Nations, Inuit and Métis Canadians. The strategy is built on four pillars, including Narratives, grounded in principles of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the story and content development process; People, increasing Indigenous representation at all levels of the organization; Relationships, involving more Indigenous-owned vendors and creators in the broadcaster’s procurement process; and Truth & Reconciliation, which will include a study on more respectful, inclusive, and accurate portrayals of Indigenous Peoples. Former CBC Radio host and Equity and Inclusion Advisor Robert Doane has been named Senior Director, National Indigenous Strategy, tasked with leading a new Indigenous Office responsible for the oversight and implementation of the plan. Read more here.
Cogeco Connexion is acquiring Niagara Regional Broadband Network (NRBN), an internet, telephone and television service provider serving the Niagara Region. The sellers, the City of Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, will both remain minority shareholders in the company. Cogeco says the acquisition will strengthen its presence in the Niagara Region and allow it to support the continued growth of NRBN.
Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB) will be hosting their 88th Annual Conference from June 5-6 at the Fairmont Banff Springs. You can now submit your award nominations for the following categories: Broadcast Hall of Fame Award, Broadcast Order of Achievement Award, Leaders of Tomorrow Award, and the Gold Medal Award. Learn more here.
The RTDNF Canada Scholarship program is accepting applications for more than $19,000 in scholarship money. All applications must have been produced for a school assignment in 2023-24 for a journalism or communications program at a Canadian college or university. There is no fee to apply. For scholarship details, click here. The deadline is April 4.