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published: June 2018
publisher: UBC Press

We Interrupt This Program

Indigenous Media Tactics in Canadian Culture

by Miranda J. Brady & John M.H. Kelly

tagged: native american studies, media studies

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.

About the Authors

Miranda J. Brady

John M.H. Kelly

Contributor Notes

Miranda J. Brady is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa. John M.H. Kelly is an adjunct research professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.

Editorial Reviews

...the book chronicles the breadth of media interventions employed by Aboriginal media creators, foregrounding Indigenous worldviews, agency and resilience while challenging colonial myths. It is a vital resource for anyone seeking to understand Indigenous cultural expression in Canada in the digital age.

— Canadin Journal of Native Studies, Vol. 38, No. 1

[We Interrupt this Program] provides an analytical perspective to help readers reflect on what types of new interruptions may be brewing – or to plan the interventions themselves.

— Briarpatch Magazine

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