Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 08, 2015 13:30 ET

Radio Programming in Northern Saskatchewan Supported

Government of Canada provides funding to Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation

LA RONGE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - June 8, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $380,815 in funding for the year 2015-2016 to the Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation to support the production and broadcast of up to 168 hours of radio programming per week. This will include 20 hours per week of new original content in Aboriginal languages.

Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament (Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The radio programming will be offered in English, Cree and Dene and cover current events, local and national news. It will also include weather forecasts, sports community announcements, interviews and music.
  • The broadcasts are expected to be heard in 60 communities, reaching about 105,000 listeners.
  • The funding is being provided through the Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting funding element of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program.

Quotes

"First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures and languages are important for Aboriginal communities and for all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to fund projects that contribute to their revitalization and preservation."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Northern Saskatchewan communities have access to relevant radio programming that also contributes to the vitality of the Cree and Dene languages and cultures, thanks to the Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation. I'm happy that this funding will ensure this continues."

-Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament (Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River)

"Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation is extremely thankful for the unrelenting support of the Government of Canada and Department of Canadian Heritage. This enhanced contribution through the Aboriginal Peoples' Program for 2015-2016 will allow us to carry on producing and broadcasting radio programming in the Cree and Dene Aboriginal Languages throughout our region. This is a major commitment to the protection of our indigenous languages and culture in Saskatchewan and for this we are very honoured and appreciative of the support provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage."

-Deborah Charles, Chief Executive Officer, Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation

Associated Links

Aboriginal Peoples' Program

Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
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    media@pch.gc.ca