Indigenous Success Stories: First Nations

May 30, 2022

Aspiring Indigenous journalists joining industry through INCA program

CTV News- Regina: The Indigenous Communication Arts (INCA) program at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina has begun their summer institute, an accelerated program that runs every other year for aspiring journalists.

The program has been running for over thirty years, and has seen some national names get their start. Shannon Avison, who helped create the program, said the need for Indigenous journalists is necessary, especially given the landscape in the country over the past two years.

“People are realizing how much more important it is to have Indigenous people in the news room, and there’s a shortage,” Avison told CTV Regina. “As fast as we’re pumping students out, they are getting snapped up and moving to bigger markets, like Creeson.”

CTV’s Creeson Agecoutay from Cowessess First Nation attended the program back in 2007 and his on-air personality was quickly acknowledged, making INCA the perfect stepping stone. Agecoutay now serves as the National Atlantic Bureau Chief in Halifax, and Avison hopes his journey will inspire the next generation of Indigenous youth to join the industry.

“People are seeing, young people are seeing that there are opportunities in this industry and it’s really important because they need role models,” she added. “It’s a great time for Indigenous people to be getting into journalism,” Standing said. “I know there’s not a lot of us out there, so I’m hoping to be able to enter the field and give an Indigenous perspective on some of the current events that are happening.”

The two-year program is offered across Canada, allowing students to study at home, apart from the six-week summer portion.

July 6, 2005

The Indigenous Reporters Program

Journalists for Human Rights – Launched in 2014 the Indigenous Reporters Program seeks to increase the quality and quantity of Indigenous stories and voices in media in Canada. To achieve this the program:

  • Works directly in and with Indigenous communities, engaging interested community members on journalism and media literacy capacity building programming.
  • Creates pathways of opportunities for Indigenous peoples to pursue careers in journalism through internship, mentorship and networking opportunities ultimately strengthening Indigenous voices in Canadian media.
  • Engages and trains non-Indigenous journalists and journalism students on best practices for reporting on Indigenous stories to ensure stories are reported on with more accuracy, frequency, and offer better informed perspectives.

“Our original target was to train 300 people, and we’ve now trained over 1,600,” says program lead Megan Fowler. “Our goal is to move beyond a one-time training approach and assist with curriculum development and institutional changes that increase the quality of reporting on Indigenous stories.”

January 21, 1992

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

APTN is the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world and has served Indigenous peoples in Canada as well as Canadian audiences, for over two decades. Steadfastly adhering to its mission: “to share our Peoples’ journey, celebrate our cultures, inspire our children and honour the wisdom of our Elders.”
Aimed at both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences with programming to interest all viewers: children’s animation, youth, cultural and traditional programming, music, drama, news and current affairs, as well as live coverage of special events and interactive programming.