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Me7 wíktlmen: Neskie Manuel

JUNE 29, 2011

We regret to inform you that the body of missing person Neskie Manuel was found on the shores of the South Thompson River downstream from Neskonlith Reserve in Secwepemc territory.

Secwepemc people have only the kindest words for their young leader: "Neskie was a bright and innovative thinker who liked to help others find a way around a problem," said Chief Wayne Christian (Tribal Spokesperson, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council).

"From his love of our traditional language to his natural skill in modern communications technology, Neskie was always learning and willing to share his knowledge with others," he added.

Neskie was also a leader in community radio. In 2004 and 2005 he hosted "Identity Crisis", an eclectic music show at CFBX-FM in Kamloops, BC and then in 2007 he produced "Tsyucwiminte R Tmicw", a spoken word show with a focus on Aboriginal news and the local Secwepemc language and culture. He had a blog of the same name for the show.

In 2008 he moved to CKDU-FM in Halifax, NS where he worked as the Aboriginal Programming Coordinator. While there he produced amazing radio, did outreach to the community, redesigned their news website and attended the national conference in Windsor, where he helped re-invigorate the NCRA’s Native caucus. He also contributed to GroundWire, the NCRA’s grassroots news collective.

Neskie also helped start Secwepemc Radio, the community radio station serving communities around the Secwepemc Lakes. Check them out here: He wrote a chapter on Secwepemc Radio for the 2010 book Islands of Resistance.

Gunargie O’Sullivan and Bill Lightbown honoured Neskie and interviewed his father Arthur Manuel on CFRO-FM, Vancouver Co-op Radio. You can listen to it here: or here:

For more information, click on the title of this post.

Apply now: summer jobs!

The NCRA/ANREC received funding for two summer student positions.

The Department of Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works program funded an eight-week bilingual Regulatory Support Coordinator who will research CRTC and Industry Canada regulations and produce plain-language materials to help stations better understand their responsibilities.

And Human Resources and Skills Development Canada funded a six-week position for Editor of the Abilities Handbook, which has been a long-standing project that will pull together print and audio materials to help stations become more accessible to people with disabilities and to highlight the amazing work people with disabilities already do in campus and community radio.

Because of tight turnarounds the deadline for applications for both positions is July 4. To be eligible, applicants must be between 16-30 years old and be full-time students returning to school in the fall.

The full job descriptions and eligibility requirements are posted here:

NCRC: resolutions from the membership

Every year at the National Campus and Community Radio Conference we also hold the NCRA's Annual General Meeting -- it's a chance for many members to come together and discuss issues important to our sector and set the agenda for the year to come.

This year the membership upheld an AMARC motion supporting the BDS movement in solidarity with Palestine, changed Women in Radio day to Equity in Radio day, set in motion a national campaign supporting CKLN and reserving its frequency in Toronto and struck committees for social justice and anti-racism work.

For the full list and full text of all the motions, click on the title of this post.

Radio radio radio: now only a week away!

The 30th annual National Campus and Community Conference is almost here!

Running June 6-10th and hosted by CKDU-FM in Halifax it brings together c/c radio producers and enthusiasts from across the country. In addition to the Community Radio Awards and the Women in Radio conference, this year it also features keynotes from CBC and This American Life contributor Jonathan Goldstein, Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65) and Haitian community radio activist Marie Guyrleine Justin.

There are also sessions on community news, social media, Aboriginal programming and a million other topics. Full information at

The picture is some of the dedicated members of the organizing committee, waving to let you know they're ready.

New membership coordinator!

Kim Vallière is the NCRA’s new bilingual Membership Coordinator. The position is funded as part of a grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Enhancement of Official Languages Program.

Kim is from Rouyn-Noranda in Northwest Quebec and is finishing up her Masters of Communications at the University of Ottawa. For the last year and a half she has been volunteering at CHUO-FM, the only bilingually-licenced campus station in Canada, producing “Autour du Bloc” (Around the Block) a weekly arts and current affairs show.

Kim will be helping the NCRA and its members become more bilingual, including translating this website, and will also provide other support, from compliance issues to helping plan regional conferences.Her email is Welcome! 

For more information, click on the title of this post.

NCRC: It's radio week in Halifax! June 6-10

This June, CKDU 88.1FM will host the 30th annual National Campus and Community Radio Conference in Halifax. Community radio practitioners from across Canada will come together to exchange ideas on radio and grassroots media. Workshops will cover production skills, media training, social and cultural issues awareness, technical radio know-how, community outreach and organization, and a variety of topics of value to Canada’s community radio workers and volunteers.

Click on the title of this post for more information and to download the registration form.

More details on the NCRC website:

LAST DAY TO APPLY: Community Radio Awards/Les prix de la radio communautaire

The NCRA/ANREC Awards honour the amazing programming, people and activities our sector has to offer and reflect the range and diversity of community radio across Canada.

Submissions open: MONDAY, APRIL 4th at 9am, ET

Deadline for submissions: SATURDAY, APRIL 30th at midnight, ET

Les prix NCRA/Anrec récompensent les meilleures initiatives en matière de programmation et d'actiivtés dans le domaine de la radio étudiante et communautaire.

Date d’ouverture pour les propositions: Lundi de 4 avril à 9 h HE

Date butoir pour les propositions: Lundi le 30 avril à 24 h HE.

For more details click on the title of this post.

CKLN still on-air while appeal decided

CKLN-FM has been granted a stay of the recent CRTC decision to revoke their license.

The campus/community station based at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto was originally ordered to stop broadcasting February 12th, but the stay of the decision will allow them to be on-air until the Federal Court of Appeal considers their request for leave to appeal the CRTC’s decision under Canada’s Broadcasting Act.

"We're thrilled CKLN will continue its diverse mix of local volunteer-produced programming while showing that they are responsible broadcasters," said NCRA/ANREC executive director Shelley Robinson. "They had problems but worked hard to get back on track and we believe they belong on-air."

Joeita Gupta is the station's staff representative and one of the hosts of the show Frequency Feminisms. “CKLN’s history, role and mandate are crucial to this city’s non-mainstream artists, journalists and to several different communities,“ she said.

The NCRA/ANREC agreed with CRTC Commissioner Louise Poirier's dissent to this decision when she stated that it was "premature, disproportionate and inequitable".

To help CKLN in the coming days go to the stations' website at for details about writing the CRTC and your MP and sign the online petition here:

Support CKLN: sign the petition, listen to the voices

Last week the CRTC revoked the license of CKLN-FM, the community-based campus station operating out of Ryerson University. This is a huge blow to Toronto and other campus and community broadcasters across the country. Here's some of what they've done to show their support and solidarity:

PETITION: Former CKLN volunteer and longtime listener Lindsay Bess created an online petition that says, in part, "CKLN is vital to our community, and without its presence on air we lose not only a rich history of our city, but future opportunities....Please support CKLN". It already has more than 1500 signatures and will be sent to the government and the CRTC.

Check it out and add your name and thoughts here:

RADIO: CKUT-FM in Montreal produced an hour of special programming about the station, featuring former staff, listeners and volunteers.

Get it here:

PSA: CHLY-FM in Nanaimo, BC produced a public service announcement about CKLN for their listeners.There are more than 150 campus and community stations across Canada -- and the risk of losing one is heartbreaking. The mp3 is attached to this page for listening or, if you're a station, feel free to play it or create your own. 

For more information on what you can do to help CKLN-FM, visit their website at

CRTC revokes CKLN-FM's license

The NCRA/ANREC is shocked by today's decision by the CRTC to revoke CKLN's licence, as the Commission could have taken other reasonable steps to ensure regulatory compliance while allowing CKLN to continue serving the community.

The NCRA/ANREC agrees with CRTC Commissioner Poirier's dissent to this decision when she states that it was "premature, disproportionate and inequitable". Poirier also states that as far as she can tell "the Commission has never revoked a license without first issuing a mandatory order or reducing the license term."

"This is a huge loss not just for the city of Toronto, but also for community media across the country," said NCRA executive director Shelley Robinson.

"We need places where people can speak for themselves, to their own communities. This is as important in big cities with crowded spectrum as it is in small towns with no other local radio."

The full decision is here:

For more information click on the title of this post.