Bringing Peace to Practice? The Need to Consider Journalism Practice When Reforming Aboriginal Media Coverage in Canada

  • Rob McMahon School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Abstract

In a non-binding decision concerning the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations’ aboriginal title to a large portion of their traditional territory, Justice David Vickers advised the Crown and the First Nations group to negotiate a settlement that explicitly avoided assigning blame on either of the two parties. He called for the need for both parties to avoid splitting themselves into “winners†and “losers,†a dichotomy that the judicial system tends to promote, but one that also hardens divisions and so undermines attempts at long-term reconciliation.

Author Biography

Rob McMahon, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
Rob McMahon is a doctoral student at the School of Communication, SFU, where he is currently studying journalism practice and intercultural communication with Profs. Robert Hackett and Catherine Murray. He holds a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia and a BA in History and Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. His Master’s thesis explored the underlying assumptions shaping journalism practice as it related to Aboriginal communities in Canada. While at UBC, he received the Helen Badenoch Scholarshap and interned at the Prince Rupert Daily News. McMahon also works as a freelance journalist. He regularly contributes to Vancouver’s Georgia Straight and the Metro News chain, among other publications. He has also worked with the Federal Treaty Negotiation Office at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and at the Office of the BC Auditor General.
How to Cite
McMahon, R. (1). Bringing Peace to Practice? The Need to Consider Journalism Practice When Reforming Aboriginal Media Coverage in Canada. Stream: Interdisciplinary Journal of Communication, 1(2), 2–22. Retrieved from https://journals.sfu.ca/stream/index.php/stream/article/view/26