Petitioning CBC/Radio-Canada

Broadcast News in Canada in Sign Languages and for Deaf With CBC Deaf

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In Canada, the Deaf population is at least 1% or about 350 000 people. These are individuals whose primary languages are ASL, LSQ or MSL. About 10% or 3 570 000 of the population is deaf or hard of hearing. Culturally Deaf individuals speak languages unrelated to English or French (ASL or American Sign Language's grammar is more similar to Japanese than to English); as such, English and French are sometimes inaccessible. As well, d/Deaf Canadians face many, many issues that the rest of the population does not, meaning news and information would be gathered differently in these cultures.

This petition seeks to see a new section similar to CBC Indigenous be created within CBC to be titled CBC Deaf. This section would host stories in ASL, LSQ and MSL (with captioning) as well as in Inuit Uukturausingit and Plains Sign Talk languages like Cree Sign Language or Blackfoot Sign Language (if communities so wish). The stories would be basic news items in addition to Deaf-specific or (manual) language-specific stories.

By creating this section, it would hopefully see this outlet be run by Deaf. As the unemployment rate in Deaf communities is about 40%, this would be tremendous to hire d/Deaf Canadians at competitive wages. As well, this section could start breaking important stories about d/Deaf that are often overlooked by the hearing majority.

Sign this petition to help start bringing Deaf news into the mainstream!

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If someone is able, please upload a video of this in Canada's sign languages and/or International Sign. I am unable due to lack of proper camera, sorry!

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