Media representations of Indigenous perspectives can be divided into three parts:

  • The first and most basic are features on Indigenous people – a young basketball star, the first locally-trained doctor or a new chief.
  • Second, try a few stories about Indigenous issues, which can range from lengthy Supreme Court rulings and treaty history to shorter pieces such as   funding for on-reserve roads or child welfare.
  • Third, consider including more Indigenous experts and per- spectives into everyday stories. If there’s an oil spill, call the reeve, mayor and provincial government but also the relevant First Nations leader. If you’re doing a feature on street gang activity, call the police, but also an expert to discuss the issues of race, poverty, addiction and colonization that may have caused it.

People

  • Elders, athletes, artists, dancers, singers, entrepreneurs, volunteers, residential school survivors, diabetes sufferers, veterans, doctors, activists.

Some issues

  • Resource revenue sharing
  • Racism  and reconciliation
  • Funding gaps for on-reserve education, child welfare, or housing,
  • Court rulings on Métis and First Nations treaty rights, aboriginal title Cree, Dene, Michif and other language preservation

Experts

  • Indigenous leaders, Elders, University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada professors in Indigenous Studies, but also law, economics, education, history, medicine and even kinesiology.
  • Institutions such as the Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies or the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre can   direct you to instructors in those fields.