Look in the Mirror and What Do You See? Not Enough Diversity, Says Report

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The portrayal of Canada’s diversity on television has improved over the last decade, but there’s still a lack of programming representing people with disabilities and the Indigenous population in particular, according to a research report prepared for the country’s TV regulator.

The findings were provided to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in March, shortly before Heritage Minister Melanie Joly launched public consultations to examine how the federal government could support the creation of Canadian content, but were only released last week on the government’s public opinion and polling database.

The report, based on questions posed to a half dozen focus group sessions in mid-January, found there was a “widespread impression” among participants that Canada’s broadcasters have improved their portrayal of certain segments of the population in their programming. But near equal numbers indicated that, compared with visible minorities, women and members of the LGBTQ community, they saw fewer TV shows portraying Indigenous people and the disabled.

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Terry Pedwell – Canadian Press – July 16, 2017

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