Invisibility as well as false, inaccurate and incomplete narratives have led to the erasure of Indigenous people. The information gap and lack of representation have perpetuated damaging stereotypes. Media narratives, too, have helped shape Indigenous-focused perceptions, attitudes and behaviors across Minnesota. In partnership with We Are Still Here Minnesota, and MIGIZI, MPR will host a series of community conversations involving media professionals and Indigenous community members aimed at increasing mutual understanding.
Led by Indigenous leaders and moderated by David Cournoyer, a Twin Cities-based consultant and former TV reporter, these virtual Zoom events will be interactive sessions that examine systemic and historic issues, cultural differences and daily reporting challenges. Each session will explore the role media can play in community solutions for changing problematic racial narratives through self-reflection, listening and exchange.
On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the first session features Dr. Anton Treuer, a professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of the book, Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask. A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Dr. Treuer is a frequent speaker on amplifying authentic voices and promoting narrative change through such means as a “cultural toolbox.”. RSVP to reserve your FREE Spot
Session 1: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 11:45am – 1:00pm CST via Zoom
Indigenous author and scholar Dr. Anton Treuer will discuss why authentic Indigenous voices and perspectives are important in media narratives, the impact of Indigenous invisibility and stereotypes, and how media practitioners can tell fuller, more accurate stories through preparation and other efforts.
Attendees will have the opportunity for Q&A before going into breakout rooms for conversations among media professionals and Indigenous community members.
Session 2: Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 11:45am – 1:00pm via Zoom
Session 3: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 11:45am – 1:00pm via Zoom
Who should attend? Media professionals and community members interested in more accurate and complete narratives about Indigenous communities and issues.
Be a part of the conversation! Register for this free online event.