The Native Communications Society of the Northwest Territories (NCS)
The Society has been in operation since 1982. In that time, the NCS has expanded its operations to include radio and television broadcasting, delivering Aboriginal language services to 33 different communities and three diamond mines, as well as into Alberta and Nunavut. In the last 28 years NCS has grown to a staff of twenty, and a strong Board of Directors, some having sat on the Board for as long as 16 years.In the past NCS has undergone some intense challenges financially, administratively, and with fulfilling the NCS Mandate. In the two years under the management of the new CEO, NCS is now experiencing exceptional growth, and maintaining fiscal responsibility to its funders and Revenue Canada, while progressively expanding programs and services.
CKLB Radio owns transmission equipment and broadcasts to 33 territorial communities as well as to the Diavik Diamond Mine, the De Beers Snap Lake Diamond Mine, and Ekati/BHP Mine Site. Four communities in northern Alberta receive broadcasting from CKLB, although they provide their own community equipment as they are out of the NCS jurisdiction. One community in Nunavut provides their own broadcasting equipment and location maintenance. Programming is provided in English and Aboriginal languages, and focuses on Aboriginal issues, interests, cultures and lifestyles, including a broad range of music genres, Aboriginal music, regional news and unique radio specials. Online streaming of CKLB is available at the NCS website for listeners around the globe.