Aboriginal peoples in the North are again at a crossroads. Digital video compression (DVC), universal addressability, direct-to-home satellite services (DTH) and the expansion of the information highway have and will dramatically change business, information and cultural environment. The paradox identified in the Therrien Report is still true today.
For northern communities and aboriginal peoples to have access to the range of programming and non-programming services available to all Canadians, technological advancements and services for the North must recognize and ensure aboriginal participation. At the same time, aboriginal peoples, organizations and businesses must be able to create and receive services in a manner consistent with aboriginal cultural and linguistic needs.
Aboriginal participation in the design, ownership and operation of communications services in the North will strengthen the foundation of the northern communications infrastructure and ensure that the new services support the practice of self-government.
TVNC enters into this new environment at a time of decreased spending by the Federal Government, and all other types of public funding. As a result, a forward looking business, policy and regulatory environment must be put in place that supports aboriginal access, affordability and ownership in the new communications era.
To this end, TVNC has set out a strategy to ensure the place of aboriginal communications in the North and within the Canadian communications system of the future.
TVNC is looking to the Federal Government to recognize the value of its role and services to aboriginal peoples, the northern communications infrastructure and the Canadian communications system. TVNC is dedicated to working with industry, government and regulators to secure the framework and necessary funding to ensure TVNC’s place in northern communications and nationally.