Invest in Indigenous Media Independence
My name is Rick Harp and from the moment I launched MEDIA INDIGENA back in 2010, my goal has been to create the stories I wanted to see and hear as an Indigenous person, in the way I wanted to see and hear them. And what better way to do that than to gather together really smart Indigenous people every week to make media of our own?
I believe that to best appreciate and ultimately act in support of what makes Indigenous peoples' lives better, we need to be willing to push beyond convention and complacency. Because the status quo is literally deadening and destroying the lives of Indigenous peoples. My ultimate goal with this podcast, therefore, is to build an audience that wants to build a better world together with Indigenous peoples. Growing this podcast is step one on that journey.
We need your help, and why it matters
Editorial and financial independence go hand in hand. And if the maxim “freedom of the press belongs to those who own one” is a tad outdated thanks to the Interweb (which has made it stupidly easily for anyone to publish and distribute content), it retains a key kernel of truth: though the technological costs of media have plummeted, the costs associated with the intellectual labour of human beings—the lifeblood of any creative enterprise—have not.
An independent Indigenous media outlet supported and sustained by its audience is fearless. It's free to call things as it sees them, to focus on what truly matters, to catch and critique what non-Indigenous media outlets overlook or sensationalize or just plain get wrong. Independent Indigenous media can be all this and more, but only when people step up to support this work.
Every pledge really does help: we know you’ve heard it before, but even just the cost of a coffee or two a month makes a huge difference to our ability to continue creating media across multiple channels—from our weekly podcast episodes to our active daily presence on Twitter and Facebook, and from our weekly newsletter to our forthcoming series of in-person and on-line events.
Who’s this Harp dude?
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a city situated at the heart of the continent and smack dab in the middle of nowhere, I am a citizen of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in what’s now known as northern Saskatchewan. It was while pursuing my BA as a student of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa that I got bit hard by the radio bug at the campus/community station, CKCU-FM. Thus begat a twenty-plus-year career in broadcast media, including national and regional stints at CBC Radio, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and NCI-FM.
A former Artistic/Managing Director of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, I am a co-founder and president of the INDIGENA Creative Group (MI's parent company).
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Where the money goes
TECHNOLOGY: Every month, there are technological costs associated with hosting and distributing the podcast, along with the companion website. We also invested upfront in the hardware needed to record the show, and in the software we use to edit it (Hindenburg Journalist).
LABOUR: This is the time and effort Rick spends producing, hosting and editing the show each week, along with the time and effort the other roundtablers dedicate to preparing for and participating in the show. Your monthly support of MEDIA INDIGENA's operations also enable our constant curation and creation of news and views on Twitter and Facebook. Last but not least, your contributions go toward the hours and energy Rick and others put into marketing and promotion, event planning, and other admin-type stuff.
HOW TO PATREON
Patreon is a platform that makes it easy for you to directly sustain the work of creators you believe in through a regular monthly payment on your credit card. (Payments you may stop at any time.) In return, you'll receive rewards based on your level of support. As contributions from patrons collectively add up, MEDIA INDIGENA achieves new milestones, thus enabling us to produce even more of what you love.
If you're brand new to Patreon or crowdfunding, a good place to start is the site's own help desk. Alternatively, should you ever get stuck at any point, feel free to email your questions to [email protected] and I'll do my best to help.
Important things to know upfront:
- Patreon uses US Dollars only, which means your pledge will be in US Dollars, (check the exchange rate to see what that works out to in your currency)
- Your very first pledge will be processed immediately, then on the 1st of the month after that