INCA 283 History of Aboriginal Media in Canada

Indian Communication Arts (INCA)

Meadows – Ideas from the Bush: Indigenous Television in Australia and Canada (1995)

CJC Vol 20, No 2 (1995) > Meadows

Ideas from the Bush: Indigenous Television in Australia and Canada

Michael Meadows (Queensland University of Technology)

Abstract: Indigenous communities in Australia and Canada are challenging notions of the cultural hegemony of mass media. Implicit in new media technologies are empowering strategies which have enabled community broadcasters to appropriate media for their own culturally specific use. In Australia, Aborigines have adopted interactive and local television as a cultural resource to aid in strengthening languages and culture. In Canada, a pan-Canadian Native television network enables indigenous access and cultural leadership in a different way. However policymakers in both countries need to become more attuned to the creative options emerging in the form of these “ideas from the bush.”

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