APTN and the National Film Board of Canada have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to strengthen the film industry’s relationship with Indigenous people and creators.
The agreement will further an already existing push for Indigenous creators by the NFB, but will also develop protocols for the access and use of archived footage relating to Indigenous history.
APTN’s CEO Jean LaRose says this allows Indigenous people to finally present their history from their perspective.
It allows Indigenous people in Canada to not only reclaim their history, but to present it in a true light. The goal is to give us back our history and allow us to present it in a true light to Canadians so Canadians get to understand our history for the first time.
The memorandum will enable more teaching and creation from Indigenous people, which Government Film Commissioner and chairman of the NFB Claude Joli-Coeur says benefits everyone.
It’s already out commitment that we are increasing our production spending with Indigenous creators. Working with APTN in that path is also increasing our ability to reach Canadians all over the country. It’s really a win-win situation.
This agreement is a continuation of a three year plan released by the NFB last June to strengthen Indigenous relations.