It's the year 2016, and things are finally changing. More people than ever are speaking up about the lack of diversity on our TV screens and frankly, most of us are more than ready for media to accurately reflect the diversity of the world we live in.
So how about a cable channel that only airs content "written, produced, and directed by" Native Americans? Sounds pretty cool, right? Luckily for us, it just might be a reality soon. A Canadian cable channel called the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network exclusively airs content created by and intended for indigenous people, and now the non-profit network is hoping to launch a sister channel in the states, Variety reports.
"We think the time is right for Native Americans to have their own channel," said APTN's Chief Executive Officer Jean La Rose in a statement. "Certainly, our experience in Canada has been one of creating and providing opportunities for our producers, for our storytellers, to tell our stories, in our words, to our Peoples and to the world. Native American producers are poised and eager to have the same opportunities, and we believe that we can work together to provide a unique window into the lives - past, present and future - of this community."
According to their website, APTN is the first and only national Aboriginal broadcaster in the world, and their programming ranges from documentaries, dramas, children's series, cooking shows - basically, anything you can think of.
The only downside is that there's no specific launch date yet, but hopefully we won't have to wait too long. During a time when diversity in mainstream media is not only highly sought-after in this country but demanded, the creation of an APTN sister channel in the U.S. would definitely be a huge, important step in changing the TV landscape.