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Exploring Canada’s media landscape above the 60th parallel – Concordia University

Ahead of National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21, Concordia professor Lorna Roth examines four decades of resistance and persistence

June 20, 2018

Over the course of more than 40 years that the Canadian federal government has exerted its influence over mass communication in the Far North, northern voices have often struggled to make themselves heard.

And yet, despite often lacking the technology and resources available to culture makers in the Canadian South, Indigenous communities have been able to create their own media landscape that is ground-up rather than top-down.

In a paper published this spring in the journal Development In Practice, Lorna Roth, a recently retired professor in Concordia’s Department of Communications Studies, reflects on that struggle, and proposes measures that could be taken to strengthen those northern Indigenous voices. The article was written in collaboration with Patricia Audette-Longo, Roth’s former PhD student.

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