by Brian Platt and Stuart Thomson
Originally published: July 13, 2017
Canadian television has been getting better at representing the country’s cultural diversity, according to a government-commissioned study — except when it comes to Indigenous people, who remain “virtually invisible on Canadian networks.”
The series of focus groups, paid for by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, asked people in six cities across the country to grade the diversity seen on Canada’s TV channels, and to consider the statement: “Canadian television is becoming a mirror in which all Canadians can see themselves.”
The only city in which a majority agreed with that statement was Vancouver. Nobody in the Halifax and Quebec City focus groups agreed with it, while the Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal groups had mixed views.