The National Indigenous Media Association of Canada (NIMAC) said Monday it is calling on the CRTC to hold a public hearing on its 22-year-old policy on aboriginal broadcasting. In a release, NIMAC said it is seeking to renew the broadcasting licence of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR), Canada’s largest aboriginal radio broadcaster. The group said the CRTC told it that the policy is not a subject for discussion an June 19 hearing. “What other policy should we talk about in a hearing to renew an indigenous broadcaster?” Lewis Cardinal, NIMAC’s interim national executive director, said in a statement. Cardinal said ignoring CRTC policy for aboriginal broadcasting at the hearing “would be like renewing Canada’s largest radio broadcaster without talking about the Commercial Radio Policy.” NIMAC said the commission has never studied or held a public hearing to obtain comments from the aboriginal community on its 1990 native broadcasting policy. NIMAC said average revenues for aboriginal radio stations fell 63 per cent from 2001 to 2010. NIMAC said some television services have disappeared. “The CRTC’s support for commercial and community broadcasting has strengthened those sectors,” Cardinal said. “Similarly, we want to work with the CRTC to strengthen Indigenous broadcasting in Canada. We therefore continue to call on the CRTC to hold a public hearing to review its policy for Indigenous broadcasting.” NIMAC said it will appear at a CRTC hearing Tuesday that will look at the non-compliance related to conditions of licence and CRTC regulations for AM and FM radio stations.