Original People. Original Television.: The Launch of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

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"Original People: Original Television" is the behind -the-scenes account of a little known revolution in Canadian broadcasting - a journey that led from Nanook of the North in 1922 to the launch of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in 1999. A must-read for anyone interested in media, culture, contemporary Aboriginal life, grass-roots and national politics?or those simply seeking confirmation of the incredible power of a dream.

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I was born and raised in Chapleau, a small community in north eastern Ontario and I’m a member of Chapleau Cree First Nation. My family, like many people in northern Ontario, love to go hunting and fishing. But not me. I did spend a lot of time in my canoe and on our beautiful lakes when I was growing up but I was also drawn to Chapleau’s tiny library. I loved reading fiction, history and dreaming about the wider world. My first taste of that world came when I was selected as an exchange student, and traveled to Australia. I returned to the big city lights of Ottawa, where I did a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Carleton University. A course on Aboriginal literature first sparked my interest in First Nation politics, writing and history; and when I graduated, I jumped at the chance to work for a new northern broadcaster called Television Northern Canada. Heard of them? If not – have I got a book for you! TVNC at the time was a group of northern, mostly Aboriginal and Inuit broadcasters that distributed community-based programming across the North. I was hired just as the movement to establish a national network was catching fire, and was privileged to work with the TVNC staff, board and member organizations through the crazy, energizing, historic period chronicled in Original People, Original Television, leading to the establishment of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in 1999. When APTN launched, I was the network’s first Director of Communications, based in Ottawa. When the network moved its headquarters to Winnipeg, I decided to stay in Ottawa and establish my own Aboriginal communications consulting company, Debwe Communications, providing public and media relations, writing, video production, research, publishing and creating communications strategies. In 2008 I joined a group of friends and associates to create a new First Nation management consulting company, Stonecircle Consulting, where I’m currently Vice President and Manager. Writing has always been an important part of both my life and my work. I’ve written several non-fiction books; I’ve also contributed to several magazines and journals, and am currently a regular columnist for a new magazine in Ottawa called Capital Woman. I live in Ottawa with my husband and two children.

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