The Greatest Canadian Media Failure of the Century: Reporting on Aboriginal Issues - Panel discussion hosted by the Canadian Journalism Foundation

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ -

    "We are sorry."

    The infamous words offered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in response
to the government's mishandling of the residential schools system might also
have come from the media - and the apology would not have been limited to a
single event. There's a lot to be sorry about, if not perplexed by, in how
aboriginal issues have been covered by the mainstream media over the last 100
years. There have been some excellent special reports, stunning revelations
and no shortage of accusations on the media's part. So why does coverage
invariably stop after a flurry of reports on a single issue? Where's the
follow-up, the demand for accountability and sustainable change?
    Our expert panel takes on the sensitive topic of reporting on aboriginal
issues, which not only has relevance but also threatens headlines of a much
more severe nature if the issue continues to be marginalized.

        -  Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child
           and Family Caring Society of Canada
        -  Kimberly Murray, executive director of Aboriginal Legal Services
        -  Dan Smith, book editor at the Toronto Star and author of The
           Seventh Fire: The Struggle for Aboriginal Government
        -  Peter Edwards, Toronto Star reporter who was honoured with an
           eagle feather from the Union of Ontario Indians and a gold medal
           from the Human Rights and Race Relations Centre for his coverage
           of Ipperwash

        -  Sally Armstrong, award-winning journalist and documentary

    WHERE: Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto, 214 College Street
           Located at the NW corner of College and St. George in the Koffler
           Student Centre. Please use the St. George entrance to third floor.

    WHEN:  Wednesday, October 15, 2008. Presentation 6:30-8:00pm

    There is no cost to attend the event but guests wishing to attend must
    register online at:

For further information:

For further information: Heather McCall, Programs Manager, CJF, (416)

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