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We Interrupt This Program

Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

We Interrupt This Program

Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture

We Interrupt This Program tells the story of how Indigenous people are using media tactics or interventions in art, film, television, and journalism to disrupt Canada’s national narratives and rewrite them from Indigenous perspectives. Accounts of strategically chosen moments such as survivor testimonies at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission combined with conversations with CBC reporter Duncan McCue and artists such as Kent Monkman bring to life Brady and Kelly’s powerful argument that media tactics can be employed to change Canadian institutions from within. As articulations of Indigenous sovereignty, these tactics can also spark new forms of political and cultural expression in Indigenous communities.


220 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: Indigenous Media Tactics

1 Media Practices and Subversions: Survivor Testimonials in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

2 IsumaTV’s “Testimony by Isuma”: Online Expressions of Inuit Culture and Assimilation

3 Redfacing, Remediation, and Other Indigenous ArtTactics: Challenging Cultural Institutions

4 imagineNATIVE as Industry Intervention: Supporting and Growing Indigenous Media Makers

5 Reporting News in Indigenous Communities: A Conversation with Journalist Duncan McCue on Respect and Relationality

Conclusion: Media Tactics Old and New

Notes; Works Cited; Index

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