As stories about Indigenous people are rarely covered in mainstream medias, same images about them come back again and again. According to Steve Bonspiel, people tend to be dissociated from their lands and ressources they use. That is why, find a new way to reconcile those two things was the purpose of the Panel about Indigenous People in Mainstream Medias organized at Mc Gill University on March, 21st. Indeed, issues about Indigenous People are often marginalized in mainstream medias where they are portrayed as being primitive, violent and devious, or passive and submissive. Such depictions have become a comfortable frame of reference each time there is a question about Indigenous people, even though very few non-Natives have had the opportunity to meet a Native person in real life.
According to the panelists Steve Bonspiel – Editor at The Eastern Door – , Jessica Deer – Staff Reporter at The Eastern Door-, and Nakha Bertrand – Editor at Ricochet – Français– who attended the Conference, mainstream medias should share stories about Indigenous lives and stories about the community for people to know and understand better communities without judging or producing new stereotypes about the ”un-known”.
On the subject, the final report made by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in June 2015 admitted the lack of knowledges journalists had about Indigenous people implying a bad coverage of their real life. It stated:
The country’s large newspapers, TV and radio news shows often contain misinformation, sweeping generalizations and galling stereotypes about Natives and Native affairs. The result is that most Canadians have little real knowledge of the country’s Native peoples or the issues that affect them.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission found little change in Canadian media coverage in the two decades since, concluding that ” this historical pattern persists “.
As long as journalists won’t ask real questions to Indigenous people as well as give a real critical viewpoint about issues which Indigenous people face in their everyday life, we won’t be able to understand each other and move on. We need to give a voice to the voiceless !
Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Russian journalist and moviemaker who produced the documentary ”On the Side of the Road” in 2013. As a former Israel/Palestine correspondent for the Real News Network (RNN), she produced short documentary-style reports exploring the context behind the news. She has directed several documentaries that tackle different aspects of social justice struggles in Israel and in Palestine.
Once again with this documentary, she points out what the Israeli government always wanted to pass over in silence and focuses on Israeli collective denial of the events of 1948 that led to the country’s Independance but also to the Palestinian refugee issue. Through two testimonies of veterans Tikva Honig-Parnass and Amnon Noiman as well as her own history – as she grew up in a settlement in the West Bank – Lia Tarachansky wants to broach this burning issue unveiling the opinion and the suffering of people coming from both sides of the road, the two communities.
To know more about the movie and Lia Tarachansky, Here is her website. As part of the Israeli Apartheid Week, she answered to our questions about ”On the Side of the Road” that you can findhere and/or on our soundcloud account as well.
As part of Israeli Apartheid Week, yesterday March 6, about 40 people gathered at the conference ‘Profiling of Arabs and Muslims in Canada : an historical perspective’ at Café artere. A conference organized by Tadamon Collective, which reunited the historian, Houda Asal and the activist Mary Foster as part of the BDS (boycott sanction and divestment) campaign.
Le 20 Février 2017 à Montréal, une conférence de presse était organisée par Solidarity Accross Borders – organisation qui lutte pour les droits des migrants à Montréal, faisant suite à l’adoption symbolique par la ville d’une motion la qualifiant de ”Ville Sanctuaire”. Initialement, ce terme désigne une ville qui appliquerait une politique de protection des migrants sans-papiers en son sein ce dont la pratique ne témoigne pourtant pas. En effet, cette déclaration n’entraine la mise en place d’aucune mesure effective sinon augmente l’espoir de personnes en situation administrative irrégulière de voir leur statut changer et leur situation s’améliorer.
Ce que demandent aujourd’hui les organisations en lutte pour l’établissement de nouveaux droits pour les migrants au Canada et plus spécifiquement dans la ville de Montréal concerne l’accès à un ensemble de services élémentaires dans les domaines de la santé, de l’éducation, de l’emploi, du logement ou encore la possibilité de passer le permis de conduire et d’ouvrir un compte en banque. Par ailleurs, le mouvement s’attache à dénoncer la collaboration actuelle des services de police de la ville de Montréal (SPVM) avec l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (ASFC) leur permettant d’arrêter et de déporter des personnes en situation administrative irrégulière, ce que la motion ne tend pas à modifier.
Ensemble, construisons nos réseaux de soutien, d’entraide mutuelle et de solidarité, au-delà du symbolisme et de l’opportunisme des politiciens. – Avis communautaire préparé par les comités Travail de soutien et Cité sans frontières de Solidarité sans frontières.
Depuis deux semaines, CKUT relaie l’information et donne la voix aux membres de ces organisations en lutte pour rendre justice aux personnes migrantes et sans-papiers.
On Wednesday, February 15th was organized the Rap Battle Against Police Brutality at Le Belmont in Montreal. CKUT was at the event and met Montreal emcees, poets, Concordia students and community members to tackle the issue of police brutality. This charity event may raise awareness on this relevent topic and advocate justice to people who have suffered from police brutality. The Rap Battle allowed people to share their stories, encourage people to act and work on new solutions as a group. Instead of competing, the Rap Battle gave voices to everyone upon a same issue rarely mentioned.
“It is a systematic problem that needs to be address and change raising our voices and unit in a peaceful way” – Max