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imagineNATIVE's Daniel Northway-Frank on the Doc Summit and On-Screen Protocols and Pathways


For the last 18 years, imagineNATIVE has been a touchstone for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities when discussions about of representation or lack of proper engagement with Indigenous people in film and media art arises. Reflections on these interactions lead the organization to reflect on how it could further its mandate -- to dispel stereotypical notions of Indigenous peoples through film and media arts -- by advocating for a new practical tool to guide cultural content production and empower Indigenous communities through impactful engagement and collaboration.

Inspired by Screen Australia's publication of the same name, On-Screen Protocols and Pathways is an initiative that will develop through research and a national consultation, a practical guide to inform and guide both content creators, subjects and communities on best practices to create work that involves any kind of Indigenous content. This is a much needed tool for the documentary community, where consent, authenticity, collaboration and clear understandings are crucial at all stages of project creation for both creators and Indigenous subjects.

The goal of the initiative is to ensure that the film and media arts industry - from funders to producers to Indigenous creators and communities - create work  for the public that is collaborative and accurate of the Indigenous Canadian experience.

-Daniel Northway-Frank, Industry Director, imagineNATIVE

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