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National Campus & Community Radio Association honours Indigenous radio show

Village 900June 28, 2010

Healing Perspectives, a weekly radio show that airs on Camosun’s radio station, CKMO, won the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Aboriginal Affairs and Cultural programming category. The National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA) announced the award on June 11, 2010.

Healing Perspectives

Healing Perspectives is an hour-long talk show that brings Aboriginal students and community members together to discuss a variety of topics such as identity, spirituality, leadership, and motivation. The format mirrors an Indigenous healing circle and is moderated by Trevor Day, a student in Camosun’s Indigenous Studies program.

“We’re thrilled with this award,” says Brad Edwards, CKMO station supervisor. “Much of the credit goes to Trevor Day for his talent as a moderator. I’ve had a number of phone calls from people telling me how much they appreciate the show, thanking us for acknowledging issues that matter to them.”

A richer discussion

Healing Perspectives began in February 2010 and aired 12 one-hour episodes in its first season. Each week six or seven guests joined moderator Trevor Day, who started by asking the group to introduce themselves and then moved the focus to an around-the-circle conversation. The show’s success relied on two rules: only one person may speak at a time, and each person gets a turn to speak without interruption. Very little post-production editing was done, in order to preserve the integrity of comments shared within the circle.

Guests have included Camosun students and faculty, as well as elders and other members of local First Nations communities. “The more diverse our group is, the richer the discussion is,” says Day. “We try hard to bring in people from different age groups and backgrounds, and we welcome anyone who would like to participate in an on-air talking circle, whether they are Indigenous or not.”

The first season of Healing Perspectives is now being re-run on CKMO 900am on Tuesdays at 7pm and Sundays at 9am. Plans are underway for Season Two to begin January or February 2011.

Campus radio station

CKMO radio is a non-profit campus/instructional radio station located at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. The station has a three-part mandate: to provide an alternative radio service to the people of Victoria, to train broadcast students in co-operation with Camosun’s Applied Communication program, and to produce and air educational programming. Also known as “Village 900” for its global roots music format, the station is operated by the non-profit CKMO Radio Society. Locally, listeners tune into radio frequency 900AM, but there is also a growing global audience who listen through internet streaming at


Brad Edwards,
CKMO Station Supervisor

Last updated: June 28, 2010 3:18 pm

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