The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta (AMMSA) is a communications society dedicated to serving the Music, news and information needs of Indigenous people across Canada.
Incorporated in 1983 under the Alberta Societies Act, AMMSA has steadfastly maintained its commitment to the quality of its products and its people and has served as the model for other Aboriginal communications societies.
The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society is independent and committed to facilitating the exchange of information reflecting Aboriginal culture to a growing and diverse audience.
AMMSA is dedicated to providing objective, mature and balanced coverage of news, information and entertainment relevant to Indigenous issues and peoples while maintaining profound respect for the values, principles and traditions of Indigenous peoples.
On August 12, The Aboriginal Radio and Television Society was granted a licence for a Native and English language FM station at Lac La Biche, operating on 89.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 10 watts.
CFWE-FM went on the air. It was the only local radio service in the region and operated a community radio training program in conjunction with Employment and Immigration Canada.
On March 31, the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta was given approval to acquire the Cree and English language television network and CFWE-FM Lac La Biche, operated by the Aboriginal Radio and Television Society. The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta and the Aboriginal Radio and Television Society had the same membership and this transaction ensured continuation of these services by the same group of individuals.
On September 18, CFWE was given approval to operate FM transmitters at Cadotte Lake, Cold Lake First Nations, Conklin, Elizabeth Metis Settlement, Fort Chipewyan, Fox Lake, Frog Lake, John D'Or Prairie, Little Buffalo and Loon Lake, Alberta. All of the transmitters would operate on 89.9 MHz
On February 10, CFWE-FM was authorized to add transmitters at Boyer River, Bushe River, Chard, Child Lake, Desmarais, Driftpile, Fort McKay, Goodfish Lake, Kinuso, Meander River, North Tallcree, Peavine, South Tallcree, Paddle Prairie, Saddle Lake, Sturgeon Lake, Sucker Creek and Slave Lake, Alberta. The transmitters would operate on the frequency 89.9 MHz (88.7 MHz at Slave Lake), with an effective radiated power of 10 watts.
On February 25, CFWE-FM was given approval to add transmitters at Anzac, Brownvale, Beaver Lake, Chipewyan Lake, Caslan, Fox Lake, Fishing Lake, Fort Vermilion, Grouard, Gift Lake, Horse Lake/Hythe, Heart Lake, Kehiwin, Kikino, Peerless Lake, Sandy Lake, Trout Lake, Whitefish Lake/Atikameg, Alberta. The transmitters would operate on 89.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 10 watts.
On September 29, CFWE-FM was authorized to add the following transmitters to its licence: VF2084 Cadotte Lake, VF2085 Conklin, VF2086 Elizabeth Metis Settlement, VF2087 Fort Chipewyan, VF2089 Frog Lake, VF2090 John D'Or Prairie, VF2091 Little Buffalo, VF2092 Loon Lake, and VF2094 Cold Lake First Nations/Premières nations de Cold Lake.
By this time, CFWE was broadcasting from studios in Edmonton and Lac La Biche via a network of 48 FM transmitters, serving over 55 communities throughout the province of Alberta. Programming was distributed to thes communities via the ANIK F1 satellite. With the co-operation of other Aboriginal broadcasting societies in British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, CFWE was broadcasting to some 200 communities located across Canada.
CFWE-FM (94.5) Fort McMurray began broadcasting.
On September 1, the CRTC approved an application to change the authorized contours of the English-and Aboriginal-language Native Type B radio station CFWE-FM-4 Edmonton. CFWE proposed to increase the effective radiated power from 9,300 to 100,000 watts and decrease the effective height of antenna above average terrain from 162 to153.7 metres.
In the spring, CFWE Edmonton increased power from 9,300 to 100,000 watts.
On September 6, the CRTC approved the application by Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta to amend the licence for CFWE-FM-4 in order to operate an FM rebroadcasting transmitter at Grande Prairie. The new transmitter would operate at 105.7 MHz with ERP of 100,000 watts
In the summer, CFWE began testing its Grande Prairie transmitter at 105.7 MHz with 100 kW ERP.
On December 12, the CRTC approved CJWE’s application to add the transmitter CFWE-FM-2 Peigan/Blood Reserve Porcupine Hills. The transmitter had been a rebroadcaster for CFWE-FM-4 Edmonton. The transmitter would continue to operate at 89.3 MHz with an average ERP of 2,300 watts (maximum ERP of 10,200 watts
On May 30, the CRTC gave CFWE approval to operate a transmitter in Red Deer, operating on 88.7 MHz with ERP of 100,000 watts