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Cultural Protocols

  • Alt Hotel (Orange Room) 125 Water Street St. John's, NL, A1C 5X4 Canada (map)

With the mission of supporting and developing Indigenous storytellers and increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples throughout the screen industries in Canada, the Indigenous Screen Office joins us to lead a conversation around Cultural Protocols. Created for those working with Indigenous peoples, cultures and concepts, all industry stakeholders, non-Indigenous content creators, and Indigenous communities that may be involved in production are encouraged to join this session.

Featuring Meg MacKay (Indigenous Screen Office) and Ariel Smith (Reel Canada, Native Women in the Arts).

Presented with partners at First Light and Telefilm Canada.


Meg MacKay

Meg MacKay is an arts administrator, event coordinator, and writer. She's worked with the Ontario Arts Council's Indigenous Culture Fund supporting Community, Culture and Way of Life Projects. As an event coordinator, she's worked with Native Women in the Arts, Luminato Festival, TIFF and Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. She has worked for the sketch comedy series' Baroness von Sketch Show, and Tallboyz. She began her role as Coordinator for the Indigenous Screen Office in 2019.

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Ariel Smith

Ariel Smith is an award winning nêhiyaw and Jewish filmmaker, video artist, writer, curator and cultural worker. Having created independent media art since 2001, much of her work has shown at festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally. Ariel is largely self-taught, but honed many of her skills by becoming heavily involved in artist-run centres across Canada. Her passion for artist-run culture has become an integral part of her practice.

Ariel has over a decade of experience in arts administration and management. She has worked as the Technical Director of SAW Video Media Arts Centre in Ottawa Ontario from 2006 to 2014, was the Director of the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition from 2013 to 2016 and, most recently, was the Executive Director of imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival where she oversaw the 2016 and 2017 festival editions. Ariel has worked as a film programmer Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Reel Canada, and imagineNATIVE. She is currently a guest curator for Àbadakone | Continuous Fire an International Indigenous Quinquennial exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.

Earlier Event: October 17
Thursday, October 17
Later Event: October 17
Lunch with Black Conflux