NFB says Indigenous Action Plan is on track, meets 2020 production targets

Algonquin/Metis filmmaker Michelle Latimer, writer-director of new VICELAND documentary series RISE - about global Indigenous resistance, is pictured in Vice's Toronto offices, on Friday, January 13, 2017. The National Film Board of Canada says it has reached its commitment to spend at least 15 per cent of its production funds on Indigenous works — one year ahead of schedule. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

MONTREAL - The National Film Board of Canada says it has reached its commitment to spend at least 15 per cent of its production funds on Indigenous works — one year ahead of schedule.

The commitment was part of the NFB's three-year Indigenous Action Plan, which was announced in June 2017 in response to recommendations outlined in the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In sharing its second-year progress on the action plan, the NFB says production is under way or was recently completed on 40 works by Indigenous creators from across Canada.

Those productions include Tasha Hubbard's award-winning feature doc "nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up," which is in theatres across Canada; Michelle Latimer's feature doc "The Inconvenient Indian," which is winding up production; and Alanis Obomsawin's upcoming documentary "Jordan's Principle."

The action plan was drafted in collaboration with an Indigenous advisory group and contains 33 commitments in four key areas: organizational transformation, industry leadership, production and distribution.

Last year the NFB said that in the first year of its action plan, it backed 35 Indigenous-directed projects, representing 10 per cent of overall production spending.

The NFB also says Indigenous employees now represent 1.25 per cent of its staff, inching closer to a commitment to achieve four per cent Indigenous representation across all sectors and levels of the its workforce by 2025.

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