- EFN Staff | January 23, 2022
NEWs team, assemble! As we welcome a new year, we also usher in a new era for Eagle Feather News.
Yes, the long awaited transition to new ownership is finally here. As John and Dierdra step away from their role in delivering this publication to you, our new team is energetically working to uphold the long-standing legacy and reputation they have built.
It feels a bit like getting the keys to your dad’s car. Initially, you feel compelled to roll those windows all the way down and take ‘er for a good rip. But there’s something precious and special about getting those keys – the trust and responsibility that goes with it – and the determination not to mess that up.
There’s a great weight that comes with taking on the role of publishing an iconic Saskatchewan newspaper. We feel a deep responsibility to capture and share stories in ways that connect people to each other and further positive dialogue.
Being the owners of a home-grown media company isn’t as glamorous as you might imagine. We spend a lot of time sitting around in our comfy sweaters thinking about the big picture, considering what’s worked well, what isn’t working well, and what we can do to keep growing and moving forward. But while we’re thinking big about what’s next for Eagle Feather News, what anchors us is the plan for 2022.
In terms of our content, expect the same bird’s eye view of what’s happening across our First Nation and Métis lands. Stories that feature the voices and faces of your people in your community. We are committed to telling the stories that matter to you. Stories that help to build relationships and spur positive change for our communities.
Not unlike 2021, this year will come with many challenges, but also opportunities to celebrate.
For the next couple of months, we’ll be focussed on our 25th anniversary coming up in March. Yes, that’s right, Eagle Feather News has been serving Saskatchewan for 25 years. We’re looking forward to celebrating this milestone with you – in whatever way is possible, because yes – COVID-19 continues to cast its long shadow over everything we do.
And yet the pandemic has also made us keenly aware of the important role we have to play in using storytelling to connect people while apart. And we know that digital technology is going to play a key part in that.
In this next year you’ll start to see a stronger emphasis on our digital presence. We know that our paper is a life-line to many – and it is here to stay – but there are certainly more opportunities to build relationships with our readers and subscribers through digital platforms. Stay tuned to what’s next in this space for Eagle Feather News.
From the new team at EFN, Happy New Year! Thank you for reading, subscribing, advertising and partnering with us so we can continue the tradition of helping to keep our people connected.
While we may crack the windows a bit and take a moment to feel the wind in our hair, rest assured, we’re not going to mess it up.