• The FNQLHSSC was present at the SOCAM symposium entitled “Son réseau et ses défis”
Mar 12, 2019

On February 19-21, 2019 in Chicoutimi, co-chaired by Chiefs Jean-Charles Piétacho and Paul-Émile Ottawa, a conference entitled “Son réseau et ses défis” was held.

This symposium, organized by the Société de communication Atikamekw-Montagnais (SOCAM), brought together people from the communications sector among the First Nations communities and organizations and Quebec media as well as artisans of community radio.

The conferences focused on topics such as new media and the importance of journalistic ethics.

The impacts of the community radio network, which has existed since 1983, were demonstrated, particularly through a testimony that was shared by Elizabeth Penashue, an Innu elder from Sheshashit. This lady, who testified in her mother tongue and said that she had awakened women in her community, is extremely inspiring. She fought against low-level flights in the 1990s with tremendous energy. Her speech explained the extent to which SOCAM had helped her share her point of view at the time.

The culmination of the conference was undoubtedly the announcement that was made in the presence of Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, and Julie Gariépy, of the Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ), regarding the creation of the Félix Award for the Aboriginal Artist of the Year. Ghislain Picard, who is a founding member of the SOCAM, said he felt exceptional pride in being able to share in this wonderful announcement regarding the Félix award that will given to the Aboriginal artist that has shined the most on the musical stage.

Congratulations to the SOCAM for organizing this very enriching symposium and, most importantly, congratulations to all the community radio artisans who are doing an amazing job in their communities.