Focal Point: Roxann Whitebean wins International Emerging Filmmaker Award at Montreal First Peoples Film Festival

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Roxann won the award with her film, Haudenosaunee Canoe Journey, the firsthand account of one Onondaga man who has devoted his life to the rediscovery of the path of his people.

Focal Point: Erica Daniels joins the National Screen Institute as CBC New Indigenous Voices program advisor

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As an alum of the program herself, Erica hopes to inspire the students and convey the importance of incorporating Indigenous culture and stories into their work.

Focal Point: DOC Institute honours Lisa Jackson with Vanguard Award

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The Vanguard Award honours a mid-career filmmaker nominated by their peers for advancing the documentary craft and elevating the next generation of filmmakers.

Focal Point: Stephanie Scott named executive director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

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Stephanie plans to accelerate the Missing Children Project to uncover the truth about the many Indigenous children who lost their lives in residential schools.

Focal Point: Daniel Northway-Frank advocates for mental health supports within non-profits

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Daniel started an important conversation about mental health in a blog posted on Bell Let’s Talk Day earning attention across the country. And now he wants to build upon it.

Focal Point: theatrical release for Shawn Linden’s film Hunter Hunter, developed through NSI Features First

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The horror film was released in US theatres, DVD and on-demand in mid-December 2020. This is the 25th fully produced film to come from NSI Features First.

Focal Point: Trey Anthony named development producer for Bell Media Studios

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Trey’s role focuses on the development of unscripted content through Bell’s partnership with Motion Content Group.

Focal Point: Lisa Meeches joins the Order of Canada

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In recognition of her contributions to Canadian film and broadcasting.

Focal Point: Tonya Williams becomes Wow! Unlimited Media’s newest board member

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Wow! Unlimited Media focuses on youth entertainment on digital platforms. In this new position, Tonya wants to focus on diversity within animation.

Focal Point: Hoda Elatawi named newest board member of the Youth Media Alliance

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Hoda was one of five new board members announced in late November.