Programs in Action: CKLB Back on Air

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July 25, 2019

The airwaves on CKLB’s frequency in Hay River have been quiet for some time.  Recently, they surged back to life after a lot of hard work, and a little help from the GNWT and CanNor.

CKLB Radio, a division of the Native Communications Society (NCS), broadcasts in remote communities across the NWT. That means many of your favourite tunes reach your speakers by satellite.  

When their satellite provider pushed an upgrade for their own equipment, the NCS was presented with a problem: an expensive upgrade, or fall off the airwaves.

But they came up with a plan: hire a qualified technician to replace the satellite receivers and dishes, and address some long-standing issues with their transmitters while they were at it.

Did you know… CKLB provides the largest amount of Dene language programming in the world? Programming is available in Denesuline, Gwich’in, Tłı̨chǫ, Dehcho and Sahtu Dene dialects.

The cost for much of this work was covered by funding provided through the Support For Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) policy, and an investment from CanNor.

It made a big difference, as CEO of the NCS Rob Ouellette explains. “Without this change, we wouldn’t have been able to broadcast across the NWT,” he says. “Now, CKLB is getting news and entertainment to folks in almost every community again.”

So far the work has been completed in: Fort Providence, Kakisa, Whatı̀, and the Kátlodééche First Nation/Hay River. Technicians will travel throughout the summer to continue installing and updating the remaining communities.

Other stories of our programs in action:

Folk on the Rocks Facelift

Gamètì Cultural Camp Project

The SEED policy is one way the GNWT supports organizations like NCS who make a difference in their local economies.

To find out more about the SEED Policy and how it can help your business grow, contact your regional Economic Development Officer.