Skip to main content

Indigenous Publishers, Distributors & News Media

TV & Radio

CRTC Radio Licences to Serve Indigenous Communities

From the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) News Release (June 14, 2017): 

The CRTC is fulfilling an urgent need for radio stations for Indigenous people in the cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto, which have not had a station entirely devoted to Indigenous people since 2015.

The new stations will broadcast on the following frequencies:

  • Vancouver (Northern Native Broadcasting): 106.3 FM
  • Edmonton (Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta): 89.3 FM
  • Calgary (Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta): 88.1 FM
  • Ottawa (First Peoples Radio Inc.): 95.7 FM
  • Toronto (First Peoples Radio Inc.): 106.5 FM

Recommendations to the CRTC for Indigenous Consultation

"This report reflects the discussions and presentations that took place at the Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation and Convergence gatherings from February to June, 2017. The gatherings aimed to bring practitioners, policy makers and academics together as allies to prepare a context for respectful and meaningful consultation. The idea was to create or identify the terms of reference for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) review the Native Broadcasting Policy1 (CRTC 1990-89), which according to its Three-Year Plan 2017-2020 was set to occur in 2018. The goal was to encourage deliberations before the CRTC initiated any procedure to ensure that any policy changes would support the development goals identified by Indigenous media activists, broadcasters, and community members. These gatherings aimed to share decision making power with the people, and to assert Indigenous rights to media democracy 'for as long as the waters flow,’ as well as to propose changes to the existing Policy." -- from the document's Summary

Albinati, C., Bonin-Labelle, G., Buddle, K., Gagnon, J. King, G. & Szwarc, J. (2019). Recommendation for a New Consultation Process and Policy for First Nations, Inuit and Metis Broadcasting - Final Report. Retrieved from