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Indigenizing the national broadcast soundscape ‐ CBC podcast: Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo

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Indigenous audio media are experiencing a growing movement in the field of cultural media studies. One arguably linked to the global rise of indigenous reconciliation and political action in colonial nations such as Australia, United States, Canada and New Zealand. Indigenizing the national broadcast soundscape, Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) original podcast Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo weaves its way through the patriarchal reign of liberal pluralism and settler colonialism of Canadian society from wounded vibrations of assimilation, residential school, cultural genocide, the sixties scoop, sexual assault, death and life. Through a cultural sound studies and critical media analysis framework, this article positions Finding Cleo as an anti-colonial soundwork that details the story of one of the many families involved in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) as they search for the promise of truth to heal what we conceptualize as wounded vibrations.
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Keywords: Canada; cultural sound studies; indigenization; indigenous studies; podcasting; postcolonialism; public broadcasting

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000419367494Simon Fraser University

Publication date: April 1, 2021

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