We call upon the federal government to restore and increase funding to the CBC/Radio-Canada, to enable Canada’s national public broadcaster to support reconciliation, and be properly reflective of the diverse cultures, languages, and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples, including, but not limited to: 

  1. Increasing Aboriginal programming, including Aboriginal-language speakers.
  2. Increasing equitable access for Aboriginal peoples to jobs, leadership positions, and professional development opportunities within the organization. 
  3. Continuing to provide dedicated news coverage and online public information resources on issues of concern to Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians, including the history and legacy of residential schools and the reconciliation process.

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Curent StatusOct. 4, 2021COMPLETE
Previoius StatusApr. 1, 2016COMPLETE

Why “Complete”?

Federal Government reinvested $675M in the CBC through Budget 2016 over 5 years to expand Indigenous programming.

National Film Board of Canada

Indigenous Action Plan
June 20, 2018 – One year into the National Film Board of Canada’s three-year Indigenous Action Plan, Canada’s public producer and distributor is reporting on progress made to date and outlining key actions for the year ahead, in an announcement made by NFB Commissioner Claude Joli-Coeur on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day.

First announced by Joli-Coeur on June 17, 2017, the NFB plan responds to the work and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Indigenous creators’ longstanding concerns about systemic inequities in the existing Canadian production landscape.

First-year highlights include:

  1. Development/production work on 35 Indigenous-directed projects, representing 10% of overall production spending. By 2020, the NFB is committed to reaching 15% in overall production spending on Indigenous-led
  2. Almost 900 community screenings as part of the Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) Indigenous Cinema Tour, held in every province and territory, working with TIFF, APTN, imagineNATIVE, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and local partners.
  3. A new Indigenous Cinema section at NFB.ca, offering free streaming of more than 200 new and classic NFB Indigenous titles, including newly digitized titles added annually.
  4. Development of a new Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation (IVR) Learning Program for students, educators and lifelong learners, which will launch in 2019.
  5. Supporting an imagineNATIVE-led initiative to create screen protocols for working with Indigenous filmmakers, subjects and stories.
  6. An agreement between the NFB and APTN to pool efforts and expertise in developing protocols for production, distribution and archive management, implementing best practices for staff recruitment, training and other initiatives aimed at strengthening relations with Indigenous creators, staff and partners.
  7. Adopting a ground-breaking Indigenous Materials Classification Schema developed by pioneering Indigenous librarians to catalogue the NFB’s online Indigenous Cinema collection.
  8. Hiring of two new Indigenous staff members in production and marketing. The NFB is committed to reaching representational equity in staffing by 2025.
  9. Close to 50% of NFB staff have participated in Indigenous cultural awareness activities, with training for all staff to be completed by 2019–2020.
  10. Partnering on the creation of the Indigenous Screen Office.

The 33 commitments in the NFB’s action plan have been developed in partnership with an Indigenous advisory group made up of experts in production, distribution, community engagement, festivals, broadcasting, education, curation, archives, Indigenous copyright and public policy.           

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

In Budget 2016, the Government of Canada reinvested $675 million in CBC/Radio Canada over 5 years. As the national public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada plays a vital role in providing access to programs and services in the digital era, which includes Indigenous programming and services.

In its 2016 to 2017 Annual Report, CBC/Radio-Canada reports that the additional new funding over 5 years from Budget 2016 enabled it to undertake key Indigenous initiatives such as creating additional Indigenous content, which includes its digital portal Espaces autochtones, as well as hiring local Indigenous staff in Yellowknife for the digitization of decades of audio programming in 8 Indigenous languages:

  • Dogrib
  • Inuktitut
  • Inuvialuktun
  • Chipewyan
  • North Slavey
  • South Slavey
  • Gwich’in
  • Cree