Report on the Progress of Industry Initiatives
In its response to the Task Force for Cultural Diversity on Television
Report entitled Reflecting Canadians - Best Practices for Cultural
Diversity in Private Television the Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) indicated that it viewed
the Task Force's recommended industry initiatives as important mechanisms
to ensure long-term sustainable collaboration in improving the industry's
portrayal of people from Canada's ethnocultural and Aboriginal communities.
Noting the intrinsic role of the CAB in many of the industry initiatives
recommended by the Task Force, the CRTC asked the CAB to report
annually on the industry's progress in implementing the following
- Developing better partnerships with ethnocultural and Aboriginal
- Develop and implement initiatives that specifically address
the significant under-representation of Asian-Canadians and Aboriginal
peoples in mainstream television.
- Creating a better appreciation of the business case for diversity;
- Creation of annual awards for specific achievements in Aboriginal
programming and achievements for diversity in programming;
- Developing, maintaining and promoting an industry website on
- Ensuring regular and on-going communication between sectors
on initiatives related to cultural diversity; and
- Reviewing the CAB's industry codes.
The CAB's first report is due March 21st, 2006.
Other CAB Initiatives
Diversity in Broadcasting Website
The CAB created the Diversity in Broadcasting
website to act as an information hub for broadcasters and all
industry stakeholders. The Diversity in Broadcasting website will
also offer an opportunity to share ideas and information about other
initiatives and events.
Gold Ribbon Awards for Aboriginal Programming
In keeping with the recommendation of the Task Force for Cultural
Diversity on Television, the CAB is pleased to introduce the
Gold Award for Aboriginal Programming.
Open to CAB Television and Specialty and Pay members, the Gold
Ribbon Award in this category will honour the station or service
that has made the greatest contribution to the development, creation
and production of an outstanding Canadian program or series dealing
with an Aboriginal theme or tackling an Aboriginal issue, designed
to enlighten, inform and develop awareness in the community.
Astral Media, TQS and TVA, in partnership with the CAB, are pleased
to announce Télédiversité 2005, the ground-breaking
conference of Quebec's francophone private broadcasters on the topic
of cultural diversity. This conference will provide a venue to promote
knowledge of both the issues and the opportunities that are offered
by the wealth of cultural differences and the diversity of talent
in Montréal's television sector. Télédiversité
2005 will present a networking opportunity for members of minority
cultural groups who wish to work in the television industry, and
for broadcasters to demonstrate how they intend to include aboriginal
and ethnocultural communities to help properly reflect their realities.
here for more information on Télédiversité