ERIC Number: ED206266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Communication and Control in the Canadian North: The Role of Interactive Satellites.
Valaskakis, Gail G.
In 1972 the Canadian government launched its first domestic communications satellite, Anik A, which relays direct broadcast television and telephone messages to northern communities. The impact of television on Inuit life has raised issues and concerns pertaining to native language broadcasting, media access and control, and cultural identity among the Inuit people. In the past, without native-language information, Inuit could neither adapt their own institutions nor those brought north by southern Canadians. Two experimental communications satellites, Anik B and Hermes, now provide interactive audio and video links, and Inuit communities are being encouraged to experiment with interactive broadcasting as a means of controlling their acculturation and development through local-level initiative, integration, and cohesion. These experiments with communications satellites among the Inuit may re-direct patterns of institutional communication which have cemented over time and maintained outside control in northern communities. Twelve references are listed. (Author/MER)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of SIETAR (7th, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 11-15, 1981).