Native Band Council Elections

We have Band Council Elections coming up in our community in June. Was wondering if there any protocols with CRTC when it comes to using radio to campaign or what other native radio stations are doing about nominees wanting to campaign over the airwaves? Any help would be much appreciated!
Migwetch,

There is guidance from the CRTC regarding elections.
We have some training here: http://members.ncra.ca/?page_id=2384
Also some conversation here: http://members.ncra.ca/?yada_wiki=programmers-as-school-board-candidates
http://members.ncra.ca/?yada_wiki=holiday-greetings-from-political-parties

I don't think we have specific guidance for Band Council Elections but can look into this.
Although I do not know specifically, and I will ask, I would assume the simple answer is that its an all or nothing type project. For example, if you have someone on the air, you need to offer others to join. It does not have to be at the same time, it does not have to be equal time, they do not have to accept.
For advertising, offer the same rate for everyone, or do not accept advertising.
For programmers, I would highly suggest NOT to have anyone who is running for a seat continue as a host.  Is this a concern? Are any of your programmers or on-air staff running?

The CRTC election guidelines are here:  https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/television/publicit/pol.htm

Although that page includes separate links to information bulletins for federal and provincial elections, the same information also applies to municipal elections and other types of civic elections as well (e.g. including school board elections).  I would interpret that as also applying to band elections, although the CRTC has not stated that explicitly.  The purpose of the guidelines is to ensure that elections are fair and not unduly influenced by a station's broadcast content, so it would be worthwhile to apply them to any type of local election whether explicitly covered by the guidelines or not.
Also, a correction:  Barry said that "it does not have to be equal time".  What the guidelines say is this:

"It is the broadcaster’s duty to ensure that the public has adequate knowledge of the issues surrounding an election and the position of the parties and candidates. The broadcaster does not enjoy the position of a benevolent censor who is able to give the public only what it “should” know. Nor is it the broadcaster’s role to decide in advance which candidates are “worthy” of broadcast time.

From this right on the part of the public to have adequate knowledge to fulfil its obligations as an informed electorate, flows the obligation on the part of the broadcaster to provide equitable - fair and just - treatment of issues, candidates and parties. It should be noted that “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal,” but, generally, all candidates and parties are entitled to some coverage that will give them the opportunity to expose their ideas to the public.

The question of equitable treatment applies to parties and to candidates; to programs, advertisements and announcements; to federal, provincial and municipal elections, as well as to referenda. Equity also applies to the duration of broadcasts, to scheduling, to potential audience, to the choice of which electoral districts and offices to cover, to language of broadcast, to issue coverage and approach, to conditions under which an appearance may be made, and-in the case of paid-time programming-to price.

The Commission acknowledges that each licensee’s situation is unique. The Commission has no firm rules to cover all aspects of election campaign broadcasting; to some extent it will have to deal with situations on a case-by-case basis."

The guidelines then go on to provide more specific guidance regarding news programming, public affairs programming, advertising content, and other political programming.

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