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Cultural Survival Announces Indigenous Community Radio Grant Initiative

Thursday 28 July 2016, by SIGNIS

Cambridge July, 28th, 2016, (Cultural Survival).Last week, Cultural Survival announced the launch of its new international Indigenous Community Radio Grant Initiative as part of its established Community Media program. This new initiative will support the development of Indigenous community radio stations in the burgeoning field of Indigenous-controlled media.

In the press release, we can read that “the initiative will provide opportunities for international Indigenous community radio stations to strengthen their broadcast infrastructure and systems while providing training opportunities to their community journalists through a participatory and dynamic grants program.” Cultural Survival also says that “overall, the initiative will enhance community efforts to establish and ensure sustainability of Indigenous community-controlled media.”

This initiative is being launched with support from the Novo Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation. “Indigenous Peoples’ right to freedom of expression and information is the overarching goal of this initiative. The program’s intent is to ensure target Indigenous communities have a viable and community controlled medium for dissemination of local and world news, information, community events, politics, and education. Community Radio provides access to information in extremely rural areas and for these communities serves as a tool for local organizing, cultural and language revitalization, educational opportunities, information on lands and natural resources issues, women’s rights, and Indigenous rights,” said Suzanne Benally, Executive Director of Cultural Survival.

During the first phase of this initiative, some grants will be awarded in partnership with the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC).

“Cultural Survival has been working with the Indigenous radio movement since 2005. Today, Indigenous-controlled media is needed more than ever, especially when mainstream media often over looks and marginalizes Indigenous languages and issues. Daily, Indigenous radio journalists risk their lives to communicate essential information about human rights to their communities to defend their ways of life, lands, and resources. As an advocacy organization for Indigenous rights, it is our duty to support these efforts in claiming freedom of expression and access to information. It is our hope that over the coming years, many communities will benefit from this initiative,” said Mark Camp, Cultural Survival Deputy Executive Director.

For more information, please visit www.cs.org or email culturalsurvival@cs.org.

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