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By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'

Lethbridge Member Dispels First Nations Myths

LETHBRIDGE, CANADA -- West Lethbridge resident, David Forbes, organised a forum to discuss the coverage of aboriginal issues by Southern Alberta news media. Backed by six months of study and sources, Forbes, a member of the Lethbridge Alberta West Stake, revealed that such coverage ranged only from fair to poor, with newspaper coverage rating the highest.

Forbes, a Carleton University student who is working toward a masters in journalism, said the purpose behind Sunday's forum was to discuss whether such coverage accurately and fairly reported local native peoples' lives, culture and customs. Surprisingly enough, many of the panel members, a number of whom where media representatives, admitted that media coverage of First Nations peoples in Southern Alberta is not fair.

Though reactions between forum members "ranged from "distracted to heated," a general consensus was reached that both the media and the aboriginal community need to improve their communication to and knowledge of each other.

Lethbridge Herald, 20 Nov 2000


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