CBC London wins 2 awards for shows that brought communities together | CBC News

We don’t mind bragging about these two awards, as we share them with many people in our community.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has awarded CBC London top prize for two special programs that aired on National Indigenous People’s Day, as well as a program that aired in the days following the murder of Afzaal family. 

In the category of News-Live Special events, the pan-provincial program Learning from London won for the central region. Hosted by Rebecca Zandbergen, the 90 minute show was an evening on radio to collectively grieve and to reflect.

It included live coverage from vigils taking place in cities across Ontario and Quebec, and featured the voices of youth, leaders in the Muslim community, and those who had experienced acts of Islamophobia. The program was interactive with a live community discussion on the phone and through social media. 

It is worth another listen ahead of the 1 year anniversary on June 6:

CBC Radio Specials1:29:10Learning from London

In the wake of Sunday’s tragedy in London, Ont. communities are looking for how we can learn and move forward. Salman Afzaal, his wife Madiha Salman, their daughter Yumna Afzaal and Salman’s mother, Talat Afzaal were killed in what police have said was an attack based on their faith.

Judges also awarded first place to CBC London in the Opinion category in the central region for a program that saw the microphone turned over to an Indigenous community builder. 

Frances Elizabeth Moore, of the Timiskaming First Nation, co-hosted London Morning on National Indigenous Peoples Day. All we asked was that she tell the stories that mattered to her and to her community. We did what we could in the background to help her bring her vision to life.

Frances Elizabeth Moore is an Anishinaabe woman from Timiskaming First Nation who lives in London, Ont. (Rebecca Zandbergen/CBC News)

Moore introduced the audience to local Indigenous artists; an elder who is important in her life; Western University’s first Indigenous curriculum advisor; a leader who keeps track of Truth and Reconciliation commitments and others. She also talks about her own work to open the city’s first Indigenous-led daycare and introduced local Indigenous musicians to CBC London listeners.

London Morning1:45:56National Indigenous Peoples Day, featuring Elizabeth Frances Moore

Local Indigenous advocate, Frances Elizabeth Moore, hosts a special program for National Indigenous Peoples Day.

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