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The Greatest Canadian Media Failure of the Century: Reporting on Aboriginal Issues

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  • George Lessard
    The Canadian Journalism Foundation invites you to a panel discussion... The Greatest Canadian Media Failure of the Century: Reporting on Aboriginal Issues
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2008
      The Canadian Journalism Foundation invites you to a panel discussion...

      The Greatest Canadian Media Failure of the Century:
      Reporting on Aboriginal Issues

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      “We are sorry.”

      The infamous words offered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in response to
      the government’s 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. There’s 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 media’s 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
      change?

      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
      filmmaker

      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
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