Burnaby, B.C. (June 19, 2019): British Columbia’s Knowledge Network and the National Film Board (NFB) have partnered to increase awareness of Canadian Indigenous-made films. Knowledge Network will launch with 20 documentaries from the NFB’s Indigenous Cinema Collection on its streaming services, with 40 additional titles to be refreshed over the next three years, giving the films and filmmakers greater visibility in British Columbia.
“Indigenous perspectives play a vital role in understanding Canada’s history and cultures,” said Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “Through this important collection, our viewers will be able to stream a range of Canadian Indigenous documentaries that educate and inform, free and commercial-free. We are thrilled to be partnering with the NFB, an organization that shares our commitment to programs in the public interest.”
The NFB’s Indigenous Cinema Collection launched in 2018 with close to 300 films by Indigenous directors from across Canada.
“At the NFB, we’ve committed ourselves to making NFB Indigenous works more accessible than ever online, as a key part of our ongoing engagement to fundamentally redefine our relationship with Indigenous peoples,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson. “As Canada’s public producer and distributor, we’ve been producing works by Indigenous filmmakers since 1968, and our B.C. and Yukon Studio in Vancouver is a vital part of Indigenous creation from across B.C. and beyond. Knowledge Network continues to be a wonderful platform for NFB productions, and I’m excited that today this relationship is deepening, with great new and classic works of Indigenous cinema.”
“This important partnership elevates Indigenous voices and provides a new platform for Indigenous perspectives in B.C.,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “This is a key step in promoting understanding and awareness on the path to reconciliation with Indigenous people.”
Films available for streaming include Hands of History by B.C. Indigenous filmmaker Loretta Todd. It profiles four contemporary female artists—Doreen Jensen, Rena Point Bolton, Jane Ash Poitras and Joane Cardinal-Schubert—who seek to find a continuum from traditional to contemporary forms of expression. Also featured is Finding Dawn by B.C. Indigenous filmmaker Christine Welsh, a compelling documentary that puts a human face on a national tragedy – the epidemic of missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The collection will launch on Knowledge Network’s streaming services on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21st 2019.
About Knowledge Network:
British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is a viewer-supported public broadcaster exploring the world through its commercial-free television and streaming services. Knowledge Network works in partnership with independent producers in British Columbia and Canada to develop and commission children’s and documentary programs that educate, inform and inspire. For more information, visit www.knowledge.ca
About the NFB
The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 24 Canadian Screen Awards, 21 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access NFB works, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for mobile devices.