Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 86: Media and Reconciliation (84-86)

University of Guelph – Humber Media and Communication Studies

May 31, 2024

The University of Guelph-Humber was the first in Ontario to offer an opportunity to earn both a university honours degree (Media and Communications at University of Guelph) and diploma (Media Communications at Humber College) in four years of full-time study in one location when UofGH opened its doors in 2002. 

Media in the 21st century transcends traditional and even new technologies. It’s the lifeblood of organizations from governments to charities to multinational corporations to local businesses. It’s how they interact with audiences, influence opinion, win elections, sell products and—as it always has—help people learn about and live in the world.

Media and Communication Studies will prepare you for this world with a comprehensive education in the how of media—how to write, record, shoot, design and create content. But you’ll also learn the whys behind the hows: why ethics are important. Why objective reporting is a cornerstone of democracy. Why social media is so influential—and so controversial. And why “boring” stuff like regulations, copyright and privacy is important.

In Journalism, students have the opportunity to report on local and world events for various types of media. The program features training in writing for newspapers, magazines, and the Internet; it also offers experience in radio and television broadcasting. Students have access to a state-of-the-art broadcast studio and will produce a newspaper and newscast as part of the program.”

The Media and Communication Studies’ Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

Media and Communications Studies makes no explicit commitment to Truth and Reconciliation; neither does the University of Guelph.

Call to Action # 86

We call upon Canadian journalism programs and media schools to require education for all students on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations.

Mandatory Course: No

Media and Communication Studies Program Commitment to Call To Action # 86: 0 out of 5 = 0%

1The history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools
No. Not explicitly addressed.
2The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
No. Not explicitly addressed.
3Treaties and Aboriginal rights
No. Not explicitly addressed.
4Indigenous law
No. Not explicitly addressed.
5Aboriginal–Crown Relations
No. Not explicitly addressed.

Land Acknowledgement

The land acknowledgement is is located on the University of Guelph’s homepage:

Basic Land Acknowledgement

Humber College is located within the traditional and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Known as Adoobiigok, the “Place of the Alders” in Michi Saagiig language, the region is uniquely situated along Humber River watershed, which historically provided an integral connection for Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat peoples between the Ontario Lakeshore and the Lake Simcoe/Georgian Bay regions. Now home to people of numerous nations, Adoobiigok continues to provide a vital source of interconnection for all.

All content has been submitted to the respective faculty for validation to ensure accuracy and currency as of the time of posting. The University of Guelph – Humber Media and Communication Studies DID NOT RESPOND to any of the multiple Indigenous Watchdog inquiries.

Managing Editor: Douglas Sinclair: Publisher, Indigenous Watchdog
Lead Researcher, Timothy Maton, Ph.D