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CRTC issues five new radio licences

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has granted licences for the operation of five new radio stations aimed at the indigenous communities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. Licences have been granted to Northern Native Broadcasting in Vancouver, the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta in Edmonton and Calgary, and First Peoples Radio in Ottawa and Toronto. The stations will specialize in local content and news dealing with the specific concerns of indigenous people in these regions. Part of the spoken programming will also be in indigenous languages. The new stations will broadcast at 106.3 FM in Vancouver, 89.3 FM in Edmonton, 88.1 FM in Calgary, 95.7 FM in Ottawa and 106.5 FM in Toronto.

"This is a highly anticipated outcome given the length of this public proceeding," said Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman and CEO of the CRTC. "This decision comes at a crucial time, not only because it comes in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report, but also because of the many major issues that affect these communities, such as the disappearance and murder of indigenous women, water quality on some reserves and indigenous youth suicides. We will closely monitor the licensees to ensure that they act in keeping with their mandate of serving and promoting indigenous communities by dealing with the issues that affect them directly, speaking their languages and promoting their cultures."

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