On The Air

How to make the best of that fabulous Indigenous news material you gathered.

Lexicon and Terminology

Ultimately, there is no sole agreed-upon name for the original peoples that inhabited North America before European settlers arrived. In Canada, “Aboriginal peoples” is often used. In the United States, “American Indian” and “Native American” are commonly used. United Nations documents and organizations use the term “Indigenous peoples.” Read more…

Context and Colonial Amnesia

Pity the poor reporter, who has but two or three sentences at her disposal, to explain centuries of colonialism, or the complicated political-legal jurisdiction governing Indians. “Wow. Big residential school lawsuit. Get on this!” (And, make sure it doesn’t run a second over a minute fifteen.)  Read more…

Accountability, Reciprocity and Criticism

OK, your story is finished. It’s out there. You’ve done the best you can, with the resources you’ve got, in the time allowed. Tomorrow is a new day, new story, right? Not if you want to do a good job covering Aboriginal communities. Read more…