It has been almost 3 years since the last print issue of “The Native Press”. Since then, no other organization, or company has attempted to publish an independent, indigenous-owned newspaper that Northerners can truly call their own.
I have to admit, I was initially resistant to the idea. After all, if the newspaper couldn’t make a go of it then, why would it now? My answer? Maybe it can’t, but at least we should make the effort. It was my dad, Roy Dahl, who reminded me that: Nothing that was ever truly worth doing was ever easy. So, it is with a lot of faith, some hard work and a few good contributors, that we return to the industry he once used to call home – print journalism.
Growing up, I really enjoyed listening to his stories and about his travels while a reporter for such news organizations as “The Native Press”, CBC, APTN. and more recently, CKLB-FM. His career showed me there are a lot of stories out there that still need to be told. Maybe one day we can tell yours.
So it is with a hopeful heart that my dad and I embark upon this great adventure. While it may be filled with hazards normally associated with operating a small business, we are optimistic we will be able to meet those challenges and succeed. To do so, we will need the support of a single person – YOU. Buy advertising. Read the newspaper. Make editorial and photographic contributions. Don’t be afraid to send us your perspectives of events and people that shape those events. Without your active participation, this newspaper may succumb to the perils of an industry that is ever-changing.
We look forward to the challenge.
In the coming weeks and months, you will see improvements to both the print and online versions of the newspaper. You will read news stories and features that highlight our triumphs, and failures. You will read about those who are changing the world in ways they’ve never dreamed of. And, you’ll read about the life stories of the elders, as well as the young. Items from social movements will be included to gain a more balanced perspective of the world. And, in time, more editorial content will be published in one or more of the Northwest Territories’ 9 official languages. Yes, we have an ambitious agenda ahead of us.
I once saw a great comment posted on the back page of an archived copy of “The Native Press”: “Give us the tools, and we’ll get the job done.”
Let’s get to work. – ZD