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Feb 5, 2024
CBC/Radio-Canada today unveiled its first-ever National Indigenous Strategy, Strengthening Relations, Walking Together, and announced the creation of a new Indigenous Office at the public broadcaster. The launch is taking place at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, located on Treaty 1 Territory, on the National Homeland of the Red River Métis and home to many Inuit. Watch the livestream here: English video | Floor video (no translation) | French video.
Strengthening Relations, Walking Together is the public broadcaster’s three-year plan to work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to better reflect and serve them. The plan creates a framework to actively engage in four key areas:
“Strengthening Relations, Walking Together honours the rich and diverse perspectives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis and reaffirms the national public broadcaster’s commitment to strengthening relationships across this vast land and advancing Truth and Reconciliation. This strategy provides an important framework to measure our commitment to amplifying the voices of Indigenous creators and communities, as well as our own employees and leaders at CBC/Radio-Canada. While the public broadcaster cannot right the wrongs of the past, this strategy provides us a roadmap for greater learning, collaboration and understanding for the future.”
—Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada
“I’m thrilled to see the launch of this first-ever National Indigenous Strategy. It’s the culmination of years of work and engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis from coast to coast to coast. And it’s more than words on a page — it’s a vibrant promise of ongoing, two-way engagement with Indigenous Peoples. It’s an invitation and an opportunity for everyone, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to join us on this journey.”
—Robert Doane, Senior Director, National Indigenous Strategy, CBC/Radio-Canada
A new Indigenous Office led by Mr. Doane will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the National Indigenous Strategy. The Indigenous Office will serve as a resource for internal and external stakeholders to better understand and respect Indigenous cultures, customs, and languages. It will also ensure continual engagement and consultation with Indigenous Peoples and Nations, groups, associations, and other key stakeholders.
To learn more about the full range of initiatives in CBC/Radio-Canada’s new National Indigenous Strategy, read Strengthening Relations, Walking Together.
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