The Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR) has compiled a key terminology guidebook for reporting on Indigenous peoples, communities, and topics. Dragonfly was given a hard copy from our friends at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, but we’d recommend the online version, which is constantly being updated. It’s available on the SABAR website.
SABAR members include the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta (publisher of Windspeaker), CBC Television, Bell Media, and other industry heavy-hitters, who work with Indigenous organizations to recruit Indigenous reporters, Indigenize the curriculum in journalism schools, and promote awareness of Indigenous issues in newsrooms across the country.
While we’re at it, don’t forget about CBC host Duncan McCue’s project, Reporting in Indigenous Communities. The RIIC website has several guides for those working in the media, including At the Desk, In the Field, and On the Air, as well as an awesome (and awesomely funny) Reporter’s Checklist. The RIIC site also has a well-rounded Resources section, with links to websites that offer Indigenous history, terminology (including the SABAR guide), maps, and Indigenous media.
No excuses now! Time to get it right.