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1. TV critic @misterjohndoyle says viewers tell him there's "an overemphasis on Indigenous-related stories and content" on new @cbcthenational. "They roll their eyes," he says.



Can I suggest some reading, sir?
2. Start with Buried Voices by @jhrnews. Data shows Indigenous peoples are vastly underrepresented in Ontario media compared to other stories. Seven times less, in fact, than what should proportionally reflect the population.

3. Perhaps sit down with Seeing Red. Authors provide ample evidence colonial constructs have dominated depictions of Indigenous ppls in newspapers in Cda. They argue media images of Native inferiority have contributed to marginalization of Indigenous ppl.

4. This historical pattern persists. In 1993, @CAJ submitted to Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples: "The country’s large newspapers, TV and radio news shows often contain misinformation, sweeping generalizations, and galling stereotypes about Natives and Native affairs....
5. ... The result is most Canadians have little real knowledge of the country’s Native peoples, or the issues that affect them.”
6. How to change this? You may wish to read the #TRC Report. Three of its Calls to Action made specific mention of media playing a key role in reconciliation. The Commission suggested reconciliation is not an Indigenous issue — it is a Canadian one.

7. I'd hope you take note of Call to Action No. 86: Canadian journalism schools should ensure students are taught “history of Aboriginal ppls, including history and legacy of residential schools, UNDRIP, treaties & Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law and Aboriginal-Crown relations”
9. I could go on, but enough homework for tonight @misterjohndoyle. There's much work to be done, to change Canadian media landscape when it comes to representation of Indigenous peoples. It's beginning to happen. "Demagoguery" it is not.

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