Indigenous Screen Office takes a new approach to defining identity – NOW Magazine

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Indigenous Screen Office takes a new approach to defining identity – NOW Magazine

by ahnationtalk on February 22, 20216 Views

Following the Michelle Latimer controversy, Indigenous film and TV producers are organizing consultations to build policy around identity

Indigenous community and identity is very complicated, says Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) executive director Jesse Wente.

That’s why, following the recent controversy surrounding filmmaker Michelle Latimer, the ISO is making an effort to better define Indigenous identity – at least for the purposes of distributing funding and grants to Indigenous film and television talent.

“We know it is essential to ask people who they are and what [is] their Indigenous affiliation,” says Wente, in an email to NOW. “It’s more a question of how we get better at determining what those questions are and how they are asked, as well as how we communicate our expectations and build relationships of trust with the people we support at the ISO.”

Read More: https://nowtoronto.com/movies/indigenous-identity-consultation-process

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