Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation
Paragraph 1 of Article 29 of the In Indigenous Peoples Education Act, amended on September 1, 2004, mandates that "The Central competent authority on the affairs of indigenous peoples shall allocate specific funding and accept donations from individuals and corporate entities to establish an Indigenous Peoples Cultural foundation to set up broadcasting channels and media enterprises engaging in culture-related endeavors. Indigenous peoples should make up at least one-third of the Board of Directors, including board members and supervisors. In addition, Paragraph 1 of Article 12 of The Basic Law of the Indigenous Peoples enacted on February 5, 2005, mandates that "The government shall protect the peoples' right to have access to broadcast and other forms of media. It shall establish the Indigenous Peoples' Cultural Foundation to plan and set up broadcast media and institutions dedicated exclusively to indigenous peoples."
On December 21, 2007, the Legislative Yuan passed the Act for the Establishment of the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation (thereafter referred to as "the Act") after three readings; the president signed it into law on January 16, 2008. Article 1 of the Act clearly states that the mission of the Foundation is to " pass down the legacy of culture and education of indigenous peoples as well as to operate a media industry promoting indigenous cultures." In the amendment to the wording of Article 4 announced by the president on July 1, 2015, the paragraph 1 of the overall responsibilities of the foundation include: 1) Planning, production, broadcasting, operation, and popularization of indigenous broadcasts and designated television channels; 2) Publishing and promoting publications relating to indigenous culture and communication; 3) Establishing and promoting websites relating to indigenous culture-related media; 4) Counseling, handling, and sponsoring activities relating to indigenous cultures, language, art, and communication; 5) Cultivating and rewarding staff members devoted to indigenous culture, language, art, and communication ; and 6) Other businesses relating to indigenous culture, language, art, and communication. The paragraph 2 of the amendment mandates that "the frequency required by indigenous radio stations and television channels shall be planned and allocated by the affair competent authorities of the central government upon consultation with the competent authorities. The paragraph mandates that "IPCF may entrust wireless television agencies to broadcast the programs and advertisements of the indigenous television station, which shall not be restricted by Paragraph 2 of Article 4 of the Radio and Television Act."
On August 6, 2009, in accordance with Article 9 of the Act, which governs the selection of board members (or directors) and supervisors, the Council of Indigenous Peoples, mandates that: "Paragraph 1: 1.The Legislative Yuan shall elect 11 - 13 indigenous representatives and impartial parties in the community as members of the review committee of board members (or directors) and supervisors (thereafter referred to as "review committee"); 2. The Executive Yuan shall nominate candidates for board members (ordirectors) and supervisors and submit these names to the review committee. Individuals passed by two-thirds of the review committee members will then be appointed by the Premier. Paragraph 2: Indigenous representatives should account for at least one-half of the review committee members. Paragraph 3: Individuals involved in party affairs, administrative staff, and elected public officials may not serve as review committee members. Review committee members should attend meetings in person and may not authorize a proxy to attend on his/her behalf. Paragraph 4: Aside from taking into account representation of the indigenous peoples, selection of directors should also consider the individual's expertise in education, the humanities, communications, and indigenous affairs. Paragraph 5: Supervisors should possess broadcasting, legal, accounting, or financial experience or knowledge. Paragraph 6: Indigenous peoples representative mentioned in previous paragraphs should account for at least one-half of the board members and supervisors. Paragraph 7: Total number of board members (or directors) and supervisors belonging to the same political party may not exceed one-fourth of the total number of members of the Board of the Directors. Board members and supervisors may not participate in any political activity during their term of office." Taking all these into account, the Executive Yuan selected 11 directors and 3 supervisors as the 1st Board of Directors of IPCF (thereafter referred to as "the Foundation"). On January 14, 2010, after three months of preparations and amidst high expectations from various sectors of society, Chairman Dr. Hung Chingyi presided over the official unveiling of the foundation. On September 21, 2010, the Council of Indigenous Peoples convened a review meeting to increase the number of IPCF directors and supervisors. As a result, 4 more directors and 2 more supervisors were added to the roster.
On September 21, 2012, a Foundation meeting was convened for a second review of the nominees for the 2nd IPCF Board of Directors, out of which 7 directors and 5 supervisors were elected. Add these names to the results of the first review meeting, the total number of appointees totaled to 15 directors and 5 supervisors. In accordance with the Establishment Act of the foundation, the Council of Indigenous Peoples reported the results to the President of the Executive Yuan for formal appointment, with Dr. Chou Huei-ming serving as the chairman of the board.
The foundation has been established for more than 5 years. Committed to its mission of "passing down the culture and education of indigenous peoples and operating a media industry dedicated to indigenous cultures," the foundation enjoys stable operations and continues to work with its goal of sustainable growth. On October 14, 2013, it obtained a satellite radio and television broadcast license to operate Taiwan Indigenous TV (thereafter referred to as "TITV"), which has begun formal operations since January 1, 2014.
The Foundation's Core Belief
To pass down the culture and education of indigenous peoples and operate a media industry dedicated to indigenous cultures.
Develop themes dedicated to indigenous peoples and guarantee their right to have access to broadcast and other forms of media.
Looking towards the future, we are committed to becoming a media organization with an excellent reputation for disseminating and transmitting cultures. Moreover, through our work in the foundation, we hope to be able to allow the rich indigenous peoples' culture to put down strong roots in Taiwan. Making our way from the fringes to the mainstream, we look forward to seeing pride in their culture growing in hearts and minds of indigenous peoples.
- Thematic: Highlight cultural values of indigenous peoples through specific themes as well as safeguard and protect the right of indigenous peoples to media.
- Autonomy: Reverse the stereotypes and erroneous impressions mainstream society has regarding indigenous peoples through mass media presentations and cultural enrichment activities.
- Diversity: Pass down and innovate cultural values of the indigenous peoples and enhance the culture's competitiveness to expand the room for growth and development.
- Global: Build inter-cultural communication through the integration of resources, pushing indigenous cultural values into the international arena.
Indigenous People of Taiwan
The earliest masters of Taiwan are the indigenous people, who are the treasures of the land. The culture and language of each of the 14 tribes are distinctive, and tribal wisdom is passed down orally. For the 14 tribes, this Foundation is the organization that integrates the development of Taiwan's indigenous broadcasting, culture and arts, and unites them in the mission of transmitting indigenous cultural education.
Established in 2008, The World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (WITBN) is an international alliance of the world'''s indigenous television broadcast. Through media network, transmission of radio and television news, the world's indigenous languages and cultures are preserved and promoted. In addition, the WITBN undertakes to develop collaboration among the world's indigenous television stations and cultivate indigenous media network.
Official Website: http://www.witbn.org/