INCA 283 History of Aboriginal Media in Canada

Indian Communication Arts (INCA)


Welcome to the First Nations University of Canada. If this is your first time in our beautiful building, please watch the video “Our Sacred Lodge of Learning,” in which Sylvia McAdam explains the cultural significance of this place.

A Sacred Lodge of Learning: First Nations University of Canada from INCA Channel on Vimeo.

The Indian Communication Arts (INCA) program was established as a pilot project in 1982, with a donation from the Donner Foundation. The original directors of INCA were Susan and Joel Demay.

I took the INCA program from 1986 to 1988 and went on to do freelance work for Doug Cuthand at the Saskatchewan Indian, the Regina-Leader-Post, the Northern Miner and the Northern Affairs Secretariat. In 1989 I was hired as a lecturer in the INCA program. Back then we had introductory courses in interviewing, research and reporting and those were the classes I taught. I also taught INCA 283 for the first time in September 1989. So I am coming up on 25 years of researching and writing about Aboriginal media, and recruiting and training students for work in journalism and communication.

INCA now has graduates in media everywhere–across Canada, APTN, CTV, Global, Leader-Post, MBC….

We also have graduates in many communications positions…

Every second summer, we offer the INCA Summer Institute in Journalism (INCA 200). INCA 200 is a 7-week crash course, boot camp, immersion in all things journalism. You can watch the television show that students produced INCA Inspired for a sense of what students accomplish in just 7 weeks and the people who inspire them. Watch INCA Inspired

Check out our blog at INCAOnline to check out work produced by students in past Institutes and projects. INCAOnline

INCA is about people. Our goal is to train students to become journalists and communicators. In 1989, when I started, there were very few Aboriginal people in the media. Now there are lots and most of them are connected to INCA–as students and grads, teachers, employers and mentors. These are people I want you to meet: Duncan McCue, Debbie Charles (MBC Radio), John Lagimodiere, Merelda Fiddler (CBC) and Geraldine, Shelley Fayant, Racelle Kooy, Kerry Benjoe (Leader Post),  Stewart Manhas (Global), Melanie McKay (Global), Alina Perreault (CTV), Shinoah Young, Penny Smoke.

So, welcome aboard!


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