Un/covering the North: News, Media and Aboriginal People

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UBC Press, 1999 - History - 222 pages
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Despite setbacks and cutbacks, Canada leads the world in northern and Aboriginal communications. This book provides a comprehensive survey of communications in the circumpolar region, focusing on the Canadian Arctic and sub-Arctic but also looking at the circumpolar North (Alaska, Siberia, Greenland, and the Nordic/Saami nations). Radio, television, magazines, newspapers, and web sites are all covered. As technologies and access improve, Aboriginal people are increasingly taking control of their own representation and consolidating their presence in northern media. Alia concludes that Canada will maintain its leadership in northern communications in the years ahead, given the topic's far-reaching importance and international context.
  

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Named one of the seminal works in Canadian Studies by the International Council on Canadian Studies. The author's research has been updated and extended in her new book, The New Media Nation: Indigenous Peoples and Global Communication (Berghahn 2010).

Contents

Introduction
3
Portrayals of the North
13
Language Literacy Politics
36
The Evolution of Communications in the North
60
Networking Broadcasting
97
Communications in Yukon
122
Print Media Coverage Up Here and Outside
140
Old Patterns Future Directions
160
Appendices
169
Catalogue of Northern Newspapers and Magazines
178
E Catalogue of Northern Internet Resources
186
F Catalogue of Broadcast Sites for Television Northern Canada
196
Index213
213
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About the author (1999)

Valerie Alia is Reader in Media Ethics and Culture, in the School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture at the University of Sunderland, and a Senior Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University.

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