Friday, 2 April 2010

Radio Taïga- Exclusif : CBC French network coming to NWT & Nunavut

French (original) version at

#YZF Radio Taïga- Exclusif : Radio-Canada étend ses services français aux Territoires du Nord-Ouest et au Nunavut:

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Exclusive: Radio-Canada extends its services to Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Gone are the days when Radio-Canada was moving to the Northwest Territories only when RCMP officers were felled to make documentaries or content in human transmissions for the elderly to the public. According to documents obtained by Radio-Taiga, the Crown corporation will open offices Francophones to Yellowknife and Iqaluit, in the month of April 2010.

Future offices each include a small production studio and each employ two video-editors and administrative staff. The studios will be networked with one of Whitehorse on the model of the English language channel CBC North.

An information service in Northern French will be provided and, incidentally, the signal of Montreal from the Radio-Canada, received in Yellowknife, will be replaced by a Nordic program closer to the reality of francophone residents of the territories. The availability of the signal will also be extended to communities of Hay River, Fort Smith, Inuvik and Fort Simpson, and not confined to the capital alone. The broadcast license is now owned by Radio-Canada and he shall attach to most Francophone associations to assume the cost of dissemination.

According to documents obtained by Radio Taiga is the omission of the Crown corporation to ensure coverage of elections of the Northwest Territories in October 2007 and the Ombudsman's report denouncing the situation has followed that convinced the leadership of the French services of CBC to expand its services in the North.

The news cheered the Francophone community in the Northwest Territories. "It's been fifteen years since I live in the North, says Jacques Poisson, a French Yellowknife. So far, I always felt that the CBC did not care absolutely we francophones du Nord. But I find that years of lobbying paid off and we can finally have access to this basic service guaranteed by the Broadcasting Act and Charter of Rights. I think it will really allow me to feel that I am part of the entire French Canadian. Today, it is as if for the first time in fifteen years, it was acknowledged that I exist. "

Joined in Inuvik, the president of the Federation Franco-Ténoise, Richard Letourneau, proved skeptical of information revealed by Radio Taiga. "Listen, I'm sure it would be an immense gain for our community if it were true, he said. But honestly, I have a hard time believing. The associative network-NWT Franco was born thirty years ago with the aim of obtaining the services of Radio-Canada's Northwest Territories, and so far, despite our many achievements, it has always been an issue that we escaped. Honestly, it leaves me speechless. It would not be an April Fool by chance?"

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