It is a critical time in Canada where Indigenous knowledge and storytelling is more important than ever. This is why the Indigenous Screen Office is vital to the future of Indigenous storytelling in this country.
The ISO is the result of many years of advocacy from Indigenous industry professionals who knew that an organization that supports Indigenous storytellers was needed and would be a welcome addition to the media landscape in this country.
A Canada Media Fund (CMF) report published in 2016 specifically called for the creation of an Indigenous Screen Office that would enhance, support and promote Indigenous stories through Canadian screens which include film, television, apps and gaming. ISO was created to make space for greater Indigenous content within the broader Canadian media sector.
The ISO was first announced by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, at the Banff World Media Festival in June 2017. The founding funders are APTN, CBC, CMF, CMPA, and Telefilm Canada, with in-kind support from the NFB.
The ISO is well on the way to implementing the long-term strategy of supporting and advocating on behalf of Indigenous filmmakers, storytellers and producers.
The ISO serves and advocates on behalf of the Indigenous screen industry, its producers, creators and storytellers. It is our mission to foster Indigenous narrative sovereignty on screen, meaning that the content produced is owned and controlled by Indigenous creators. The ISO supports all levels of talent development through advocacy, training and funding initiatives. We connect Indigenous creators to opportunities, networks and information while educating the broader screen sector about Indigenous contexts as they relate to screen-based funding and creation.
The ISO advocates for increased and further access to funding for Indigenous screen storytellers and provides information on where to access funding form private and publics sectors. We also provide direct funding opportunities through our partnerships. Please see link to access information: https://iso-bea.ca/resources/
If you are looking for people like a gaming designer, actor, publicist, writer, cameraperson, lighting and sound technicians, the ISO may be able to help. We are working with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) on creating an ever-evolving Indigenous Professionals Database where industry professionals can sign in, post their contact info, CV and headshots. This will be the go-to place for Indigenous screen professionals and for anyone wanting to connect with us.
We would be happy to consider posting opportunities for Indigenous screen-based creators and professionals, such as audition notices, employment ads, and launch or release information of your projects.