First Voices Indigenous Radio is a weekly radio program based out of New York City that is broadcast on community and university radio stations in the United States and Canada. The host and creator, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, spent part of his youth in a residential boarding school and began his career as a computer programmer. This career led him to question why, as an Indigenous person, he was producing media for others when Indigenous people were severely underrepresented in media broadcasting. Today, content in FVIR broadcasts focuses on the struggles of indigenous peoples everywhere.
This organization represents Indigenous broadcasters in Canada. Their mandate includes helping Indigenous broadcasters reach areas with weak ICT infrastructure and advocating for Indigenous broadcasters in front of legislators and regulators. One of the more interesting resources available on this site is a timeline of this history of Indigenous broadcasting in Canada. The site also outlines in great detail Canadian policies for Indigenous broadcasting. These policies are quite detailed, covering topics such as what constitutes “native programming” and “native music”?
This is from the new program on CBC Radio One. This program is described on the website as follows:
From remote reserves to bustling big cities, join Urban Native Girl Lisa Charleyboy as she brings you to the surprising heart of the conversations important to Aboriginal youth. Drop in as they reveal the complexities, challenges and contradictions of what it means to be young and Indigenous today.
The program plays on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am and on Thursday evenings at 7:30. I heard the episode this week and it fits very well with Module 3 and with the videos we watched last week. The title is “What happens when you leave home?” The link to this episode is at http://www.cbc.ca/radio/newfire/what-happens-when-you-leave-home-1.3138068.
This resource is a link that I will share with my own students as it is an accessible and weekly contact and link to current issues and youth in indigenous communities in Canada (and from where ever their travels may take them).