Rob Germaine, news director for CH-TV met with Nuu-chah-nulth leaders along with evening news anchor Ed Watson, reporter Skye Ryan, and cameraman Gary Frang.
According to Germaine, CH-TV wants to form closer ties with Nuu-chah-nulth, and all Vancouver Island First Nations to ensure better news coverage of island issues and events.
“We’ve interviewed you many times, but we wanted to sit down with you to see how we’re doing,” said Germaine.
“I don’t know where First Nations fit on your priority list, but it doesn’t seem to be high,” said Hupacasath Chief Councillor Judy Sayers, who attended the meeting along with NTC President Francis Frank and Tseshaht Chief Councillor Les Sam.
“We realize there has been a barrier between First Nations and the news media, but we want to break those barriers down and establish trust,” Germaine responded. “We want to help bridge the gap between all people on Vancouver Island.”
After discussing numerous issues of importance to Nuu-chah-nulth, Germaine said his reporters would definitely be following up on some of the suggestions.
Frank thanked Germaine and his staff for initiating the precedent-setting meeting, saying no other mainstream media outlet has ever requested meetings with Nuu-chah-nulth to improve relations and news coverage.
CH-TV will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, making it the oldest BC television station in operation.
By David Wiwchar