Supporting Radio Programming in Michif-Cree Language
PINEHOUSE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - May 26, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage
The Government of Canada is providing $167,592 in funding for the year 2015-16 to Minahik Achimowin Inc. to support the production of up to 45 hours of radio programming per week. From this, 30 hours per week will be new original content in the Michif-Cree language.
Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament (Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
The programming will include daily news, weather, sports, health messages, storytelling, and interviews about community issues.
The content will air on CFNK Radio 89.9 FM, which reaches an audience of approximately 1,400 listeners in Pinehouse. Ten other Cree communities will also be able to stream the radio content online.
The funding is being provided through the Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting funding element of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program.
"Our Government recognizes the importance of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures and languages for Aboriginal communities and for all Canadians. We are pleased to support Aboriginal organizations in their efforts to enhance their knowledge and use."
-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"By making Michif-Cree language heard in communities in central and northern Saskatchewan, Minahik Achimowin is contributing to its revitalization and preservation. This will benefit these communities today and for years to come."
-Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament (Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River)
"This support from the Government of Canada will help us promote our language through radio programs that are easily accessible and that incorporate the language into everyday life. We are very proud to be able to contribute to enhancing and preserving the Michif-Cree language."
-Vince Natomagon, Executive Director, Minahik Achimowin Inc.