Our Relationship & Responsibility
Hear directly from Indigenous creatives, about their professional and community relationships and gain a deeper understanding of the connection between culture and creativity. In this panel, co-presented by William F. White International Inc. and imagineNATIVE, panelists will share how their work and artistic process is influenced by those around them. They will discuss the crucial responsibility we have, as both individuals and creatives, to collaborate and nurture community. This discussion will touch on cultural preservation, community, social justice and the ways in which the creative industry can support and uplift Indigenous voices and practices.
Adeline Bird is an Afro-Anishnabe author and filmmaker. She grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, but is a proud member of Treaty #4 Rolling River First Nations. Adeline currently works as a TV writer and freelance producer. She has produced segments for daytime television hit shows such as CTV's The Social & Etalk. Adeline is a graduate of the National Screen Institute's CBC New Indigenous Voices program, where she made her directorial debut with the short film Nappy Hair and Eagle Feather, now featured on CBC Gem. Adeline was one of the 2018 imagineNATIVE-APTN pitch winners, and part of the 2019 cohort of Telefilm Canada's Talent To Watch. Her first book, Be Unapologetically You: A Self- Love Guide for Women of Color, is available on Amazon.com, Wal-mart, and Barnes & Noble. Adeline currently sits on the board with Shine Network.
Amber-Sekowan Daniels is an Anishininew screenwriter, showrunner and comedian. She was raised in Winnipeg and is a band member of Garden Hill First Nation. Amber is a co-creator and co-showrunner on season 1 of the CTV Comedy/ APTN series Acting Good. Amber was in the room for CBC’s Trickster and co-wrote on Diggstown III for CBC. Amber is also developing Garbage Hill, a coming-of-age Urban Indigenous series with Crave.
Naomi Johnson, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Bear clan from Six Nations, has worked in the arts for eighteen years as a curator/programmer and arts administrator. In June 2020 Naomi assumed the role of Executive Director for imagineNATIVE and serves as the administrative lead of the organization whose mission is to showcase, promote, and celebrate Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. With an ongoing commitment to generate a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.