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Rene Durocher knows he won’t be here forever.
Going by “Charly” on-air, Durocher is a 19-year broadcasting veteran who delivers news in Cree and Michif via Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation out of La Ronge. He’s hoping a younger generation of Indigenous language radio personalities will take his generation’s place as it ages.
“We won’t be here forever,” he said. “It would be nice to see them come on-air and speak the language.”
First Nations University of Canada professor Shannon Avison has started a research project aiming to close that gap. It’s asking where potential broadcasters can be found, and what helped current ones enter the industry.