Indigenous languages on television and radio

This page lists radio and television programs and networks which screen or air programs in and/or about Indigenous languages.

 

International Resources

The World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (WITBN) is a global alliance which aims to unify television broadcasters worldwide to retain and grow indigenous languages and cultures.

 

Australia

ABC Online Indigenous is the online portal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is designed to reflect current issues in the Indigenous community.

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) is a professional film, television and creative facility.

Imparja Television aims to promote indigenous culture and values. It manages the satellite service for NITV as well as 10 indigenous radio stations.

Indigenous Broadcasting — the Australian Government's Culture Portal provides an overview of Indigenous radio and television broadcasting.

IndigiTUBE is an online community for sharing and accessing media made by and for Indigenous people in remote Australia.

National Indigenous Television (NITV)

  • Noongar Dandjoo features stories and studio discussions on key issues such as preserving their language, innovative initiatives in Indigenous education and healthcare, and the future of Aboriginal media.
  • Waabiny Time focuses on Nyoongar (Western Australia) language and culture.

Ngaanyatjarra radio broadcasts for one hour each weekday to about 30 communities and homelands in the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara lands in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

 

Canada

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) provides First Nations, Inuit and Metis people the opportunity to share their stories with the rest of the world on a national television network dedicated to Aboriginal programming.

CBC Radio 1 broadcasts in the languages of Tlîchô, Slave, and Dëne Sülhiné each afternoon 1-4 pm Mountain Time. An application for iPod Touch and iPhones allows listeners to live streaming.

 

Great Britain

BBC ALBA, Scotland, is responsible for ensuring that a diverse range of high quality programmes in Gaelic are made available to the people in Scotland.

S4C, Wales, broadcasts more than 80 hours of Welsh language programmes across a range of platforms, including television and broadband, each week.

 

Ireland

TG4 is a public service broadcaster for Irish-language speakers which airs in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

 

New Zealand

Māori Television is New Zealand’s national indigenous television broadcaster and has a mission to promote Māori language and culture.

Te Reo is New Zealand’s first 100% Māori language television channel. Te Reo broadcasts three hours a day, seven days a week. The aim is to better meet the needs of fluent Māori speakers, committed second language learners and those viewers keen to have full immersion Māori language households. All programming is exclusively in the Māori language with no advertising or subtitles.

 

Norway

NRK Sámi Radio is a Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) unit that produces radio, television and internet news and other programmes for the Sámi people.

 

Sabah

List of online radio stations featuring Sabah indigenous languages

 

South Africa

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) aims to inform, educate, entertain, support and develop culture and education and secure fair and equal treatment for the various groupings in the nation and the country, while offering world-class programming on television and radio.

 

Taiwan

Taiwan Indigenous Television's (TITV) goal is to continue to produce quality programming, to promote society’s sustained development, cater to the interests of the disfranchised and disadvantaged, promote the local cultures and enhance the international exchange.

 

United States

KUYI Hopi Radio broadcasts a range of programs in and about Hopi language and culture.

Native America Calling is a live call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities.

On The Road is a TV series which follows Bob Holman as he travels the globe looking at endangered languages and cultures.