After five regional gatherings from February to May 2017 and the national conference in Ottawa held June 15-17, the discussion is ongoing concerning the future of Indigenous broadcasting. Stay tuned to the Conference Archives page for details on continuing the conversation. is a SSHRC-funded (among other supporters) CMAC partnership with Wawatay Communications Society, University of Ottawa, and the University of Manitoba.

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LETTER: February 20, 2018 – CMAC sends a letter of welcome to the new CRTC Chair Ian Scott, appointed until September 2022. The letter begins, “CMAC has engaged in multiple CRTC proceedings over the past three years, submitting eleven interventions and participating in three Commission hearings. Based on these experiences, as well as CMAC’s broader research and advocacy work, we respectfully propose several initiatives to foster a more equitable CRTC and broadcasting system.” To read CMAC’s letter welcoming the CRTC Chair, visit:

INTERVENTION: February 13, 2018 – To address gaps in the consultation process and record for CRTC 2017-359, the Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC) and the First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC) submitted a “Consensus Set of Principles Guiding and Sustaining Diverse, Non-profit, Community Broadcast Programming and Distribution Models.” The Principles were prepared in consultation with more than twenty signatories representing community and Indigenous media organizations, producers and academic experts. CMAC’s intervention for Phase 2 recommends the Commission use these Principles to launch a third phase of consultation under CRTC 2017-359 specifically addressing the community, Indigenous, ethnic and disAbility sectors.


CLASS PROJECT: In the fall semester, CMAC facilitated a class project with 17 undergraduate McGill students from COMS 355: Media Governance. The students engaged the open access resources and conference archive to draft a “Policy Proposal” that includes Terms of Reference and an Indigenous Radio Policy. For many students it was the first time they participated in drafting policy documents or researching Indigenous radio. CMAC Final Project (2017). “Policy Proposal” (download PDF). Written by Layal Awada, Arvaa Balsara, Klea Bogdani, Annie Charon, Julianna Delchop, Andrea Dobrea, Olivia Farley, Pascale Genest, Michelle Guo, Raghda Hindieh, Sasha Huebener, Eilis Mccann, Samantha Peets, Camille Point, Inès Thiolat, Alexa van Abbema, and Michayla Wolfe. COMS 355: Media Governance, McGill University.

INTERVENTION: December 18, 2017 – CMAC submitted a letter of support for OKâlaKatiget Society’s Part 1 Application 2017-1065-8 – Exemption from implementing the National Public Alerting System (NPAS) asking the CRTC to approve the request, recommending the CRTC must take responsibility for any policies that impose barriers on Indigenous radio stations participating in the broadcasting system.

INTERVENTION: December 8, 2017 – In response to Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-365 and 2017-365-1, CMAC submitted an intervention calling for the CRTC to examine closely Canada’s international obligations under the United Nations’ Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CPPDCE), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) with the goal of assessing compliance by the services up for renewal (APTN, AMI, CANAL M, TV5 and UNIS) in addition to other recommendations.

INTERVENTION: September 5, 2017 – CMAC submitted comments for​ Broadcasting​ ​Notice​ ​of​ ​Consultation​ ​CRTC​ ​2017-359​ ​and​ ​2017-359-1 on the Governor in Council’s request for a report on future programming distribution models.

ORAL PRESENTATION: October 17, 2017 – CMAC made comments during the public hearing convened for Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-160, advocating for the Commission to “take bold and direct action, to protect community TV a crucial third pillar of Canadian broadcasting.”

INTERVENTION: September 5, 2017 – Commenting on the Part 1 application by Rogers Media Inc. to amend condition of licence – Quebec feed across Canada for OMNI Regional, CRTC 2017-0685-5, CMAC filed an intervention to recommend the Commission reject the request by Rogers Media Inc. to amend a condition of licence for its OMNI regional feed (ICI-Quebec) and drastically decrease the local-independently-produced ethnic television programming quotas for the province from 14 hours a week to 14 hours a month.

INTERVENTION: August 4, 2017 – CMAC submitted an intervention regarding the Sirius XM Canada Inc. Part 1 Application 2017-0560-0 – Tangible benefits proposal filed by Sirius XM Canada Inc. in response to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-114. CMAC respectfully asked the Commission to reject the Applicant’s proposal to reallocate any of the discretionary benefits earmarked for the Broadcasting Participation Fund (BPF), a crucial service in funding and thereby facilitating accessible and representative public participation within CRTC policy processes.

INTERVENTION: June 27, 2017 – CMAC filed an intervention on the public record for CRTC 2017-160. Within this intervention, CMAC advises the following, “Where BDUs, according to data reviewed by CMAC, continue to stand in non-compliance of the Policy, and given the severity of the non-compliance for community access programming and close captioning requirements, CMAC recommends the CRTC apply Section 32(2)(b) of the Act and fine non-compliant BDUs.” 

LETTER: April 24, 2017 – The Community Media Advocacy Centre wrote to the Governor General of Canada, the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, concerning issues related to racism at the CRTC. The letter sheds light on the behaviour of the Commission, and particularly the Chair, during the recent public hearing (CRTC 2017-1) reflecting, in CMAC’s opinion, systemic and overt racism and a colonial mentality at the Commission. CMAC asks that immediate action be taken to address discrimination against Indigenous and racialized persons by the CRTC. To read the letter, click here: LETTER_CRTC_2017-1_24042017

ORAL PRESENTATION: March 27, 2017 – The transcript from CMAC’s Oral Presentation in Gatineau, QC, at the Public Hearing for CRTC 2017-1 is available here: TranscriptofCMACInterventionQA and the audio from presentation of the Community Media Advocacy Centre is available here: CMAC_CRTC(2017-1).

INTERVENTION: February 7, 2017 – CMAC submitted an intervention (CRTC 2017-1) with the Commission to support applications by Wawatay Native Communications Society, Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta, and Northern Native Broadcasting for Indigenous radio stations in five cities across the state of Canada. CMAC’s intervention also opposes competing applications by VMS Media Group Ltd. and First Peoples Radio Inc.

UPDATE: February 6, 2017 – Meeting with Dan Smith, Director General, Portfolio Affairs at Heritage, took place, as requested in our September 2016 letter (LETTER_RAJSHOAN_06092016). On January 17, 2017, The Wire Report interviewed CMAC Vice President for an article on diversity at the CRTC (see “Address diversity gaps when filling CRTC roles, minister told” by Charelle Evelyn).

INTERVENTION: January 16, 2017 – CMAC filed an intervention (CRTC 2016-1052-7 & 2015-0961-3) with the Commission to support an application by Gimaa Giigidoowin Communications seeking a license transfer for an Indigenous radio station in M’Chigeeng, Ontario.

CONVERGENCE: February thru June, 2017 – Dr. Genevieve Bonin (uOttawa) has been awarded funds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Connection Grant program for a project with Wawatay Communications Society, Dr. Kathleen Buddle (uManitoba), and CMAC to organize “The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence.” This conference will kick-start discussions in the practitioner, policy and academic worlds prior to the CRTC’s review of the current “Native Broadcasting Policy.” The Call for Proposals, locations and dates of the national conference to be held in Ottawa June 15-17 and the regional meetings being convened across the state of Canada, beginning on February 17 in Winnipeg, are available online at Email for more information.


For previous initiatives, see: CMAC Strategies