February 22nd, 2024

CBC proposes Indigenous oversight office as part of national strategy

By The Canadian Press on February 5, 2024.

The CBC logo is projected onto a screen during the CBC's annual upfront presentation in Toronto on May 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

WINNIPEG – Canada’s public broadcaster is promising to increase Indigenous staffing and promote Indigenous languages in its content.

It’s part of a three-year plan by CBC to serve and reflect First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across the country.

CBC spoke with hundreds of people across the country, including Indigenous staff and members of the public, to develop the broadcaster’s first national Indigenous strategy.

It outlines four areas of commitment, which includes studying CBC’s own history of covering Indigenous stories.

CBC also plans to create an Indigenous office led by Gitxsan journalist Robert Doane.

The office will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the strategy as well as for consulting with Indigenous nations and groups.

Catherine Tait, president and CEO of the broadcaster, says the strategy provides a framework to amplify the voices of Indigenous communities and its employees.

An annual report is to be released with input from staff and viewers that tracks CBC’s progress.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 5, 2024.

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