The Canadian Journalism Foundation invites you to a panel discussion...
The Greatest Canadian Media Failure of the Century:
Reporting on Aboriginal Issues
We are sorry.
The infamous words offered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in response to
the governments mishandling of the residential schools system might also
have come from the media and the apology would not have been limited to
a single event. Theres a lot to be sorry about, if not perplexed by, in
how aboriginal issues have been covered by the mainstream media over the
last 100 years. There have been some excellent special reports, stunning
revelations and no shortage of accusations on the medias part. So why
does coverage invariably stop after a flurry of reports on a single issue?
Where's the follow-up, the demand for accountability and sustainable
Our expert panel takes on the sensitive topic of reporting on aboriginal
issues, which not only has relevance but also threatens headlines of a
much more severe nature if it continues to be marginalized.
WHO: Cindy Blackstock -- executive director of the First Nations Child and
Family Caring Society of Canada
Kimberly Murray -- executive director of Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto
Dan Smith -- book editor at the Toronto Star and author of The Seventh
Fire: The Struggle for Aboriginal Government
Peter Edwards -- Toronto Star reporter who was honoured with an eagle
feather from the Union of Ontario Indians and a gold medal from the Human
Rights and Race Relations Centre for his coverage of Ipperwash
Sally Armstrong (moderator) -- award-winning journalist and documentary
WHERE: Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto, 214 College Street
Located at the NW corner of College and St. George in the Koffler Student
Centre. Please use the St. George entrance to third floor.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 15, 2008. Presentation 6:30-8:00