NFB and APTN strengthen role of indigenous people in the Canadian audiovisual industry
Jean La Rose, Chief Executive Officer, APTN, and Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB singing the MOU
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and APTN announced today the signing of a MOU that will pool the organizations’ efforts and expertise in implementing protocols, programs, training and other initiatives aimed at strengthening relations with Indigenous Peoples and creators.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will have a lasting and positive impact on the Canadian production and distribution landscape and ensure these initiatives are more rapidly implemented. The agreement is the result of actions recently taken by each organization, particularly a three-year plan released by the NFB last June, entitled Redefining the NFB’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples (2017–2020), and the implementation of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB, explained: ‘The NFB and APTN have a long history of working together. This MOU reflects our shared desire to build on what has already been achieved, and ensures that the voices of Indigenous Peoples and creators can be heard in communities across the country. In doing so, we hope to help build a lasting legacy to hand down to current and future generations’.
Jean La Rose, Chief Executive Officer, APTN, added: ‘APTN is proud to partner with the NFB by being part of a series of initiatives aimed at increasing the contribution and recognition of Indigenous Peoples and cultures to the Canadian film and television industry, in alignment with Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations. As the world’s first national Indigenous broadcaster promoting Indigenous talent for almost two decades, we look forward to sharing our journeys, our cultures and our stories with one of the key players in the Canadian media-production landscape’.
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, completed: ‘The Government of Canada is delighted that the NFB of Canada is once again working together with APTN. This partnership, which is essential to reconciliation, will help diversify Indigenous productions and make the works of these artists even more accessible to Canadians’.
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