The Community Media Advocacy Centre (www.CMACentre.ca) is a non-profit organization that offers advocacy and support to Indigenous and community organizations that wish to explore licensing, funding, and launching their own non-profit broadcasting organizations.
CMAC promotes community access to multimedia (radio, television, in print and online) Indigenous and community owned communication infrastructure by advocating for community-based, nonprofit and noncommercial broadcasting, as well as media produced by volunteers and/or underrepresented communities.
Our organization is uniquely comprised of academics, lawyers, policy consultants and experienced community media practitioners who prioritize the perspectives, voices and lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, third language and disAbility communities. CMAC prioritizes these voices because they are underrepresented in the media landscape generally.
CMAC uses the term “Protected Groups” to refer to Indigenous and racialized people, and people with disAbilities to emphasize that these groups are granted protections under the law to communication rights they have been denied concerning representation in Access, Employment, and Reflection across media platforms. CMAC intervenes at the CRTC on files relating to the rights of these Protected Groups, including hearings on new policies and license renewals, and has been the leading voice advocating on behalf of these communities at the Commission.
cmac[at]riseup.net / (514) 999-1948
CMAC’s Board of Directors reflects the diversity and priorities of our organization’s goals. Members of the board Annie Clair, Cheryl Haynes, Kristiana Clemens, Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, and Paryse Suddith represent years of experience in the Indigenous and community media sector. Read more about our Board Members here.
Gretchen King, PhD: Gretchen is a Professor of Multimedia Journalism and Communication at Lebanese American University, where she also serves as the Director of Pedagogy and Curriculum Design at LAU’s Institute of Media Research and Training (www.gretchenk.net). Previously News Coordinator at CKUT 90.3 FM for ten years (2001-2011), Gretchen is an award-winning community news and public affairs programmer. She completed her PhD in Communication Studies at McGill University (2015) based on research she facilitated at Jordan’s first community radio station, Radio al-Balad 92.4 FM in Amman. Gretchen was a post-doctoral research fellow from 2016-2018 at the University of Ottawa where she is facilitated several projects related to community radio newsrooms and communication policy processes. Afterwards, Gretchen completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with the Canada Research Chair in Media Education and Human Rights at Université TÉLUQ in Montreal. Her scholarship focuses on nonprofit, Indigenous, and community media research, policy, teaching, and practice; journalism studies; critical audience studies; feminist media studies; alternative media and community radio in the regions of North America, North Africa, and West Asia.
Laith Marouf, Senior Consultant: Laith is a multimedia consultant and producer currently serving as the coordinator of Independent Community Television – Montreal. He worked with the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) and developed a business plan with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation to build multimedia community hubs in 49 Indigenous communities (2014). Laith worked as the Executive Director of Community University Television (CUTV) and developed its Quebec Spring live broadcasts embedded within the student movement (2010-13). He served as the Equity Officer and Board Member for Quebec at the NCRA (2009-11). Laith launched and hosted “Under the Olive Tree” the Palestinian community radio show airing on CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal and CFRC 101.9 FM in Kingston (2005-10). He won the “Best Special Programming” award at the NCRA for his work on a 12-hour radio marathon with stations from Palestine, England, Canada and the United States that commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Radio Free Palestine, 2008).
Felix Odartey-Wellington, PhD: Felix is an Associate Professor of Communication at Cape Breton University (CBU profile page). In 2008 he completed his doctoral studies in the Ryerson-York Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture in Toronto, with a specialization in Canadian Broadcasting Policy and Regulation. Felix trained and worked as a lawyer and broadcaster in Ghana, before completing the MA Media Studies program at Concordia University, Montreal, in 2004, with a specialization in News and Public Affairs. He was also an ICTJ-IJR Transitional Justice in Africa Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2002, specializing in Comparative Transitional Justice. Felix has published research in various areas including Broadcasting Policy and Regulation, Media Ecology, Race and Media, and Communication and Transitional Justice.