$77,710 to indigenous broadcasting in Canada

30 November 2005, Canada

The Minister for Culture and Communication and minister responsible for the region of Montreal, Line Beauchamp, and the minister of state for Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, announced financial assistance of $77,710 to support the management of Indigenous Peoples Community radios on the territory of Nord-du-Québec. As such, the communication channel companies of the Baie-James and Tagramiut Nipingat Inc received each a sum of $38,855 for the employment of a full-time coordinator. The latter will have as his main assignment to ensure technical support for local radios, to plan maintenance of their equipment and to offer adequate training to their personnel. The two subsidies were paid in accordance to the support program for Indigenous Community media and radios. The communication channel company of Baie-James is a regional organization, which accompanies and coordinates the development of local radios in the nine communities of Bay-James. It weekly produces an hour of regional news broadcast through the nine radio channels. The company Tagramiut Nipingat Inc has the same role for fourteen Inuit communities of Nunavik, in addition to producing television programs retransmitted by satellite on the Canadian Indigenous Peoples Television Network (APTN). For more information (in French), CLICK HERE.