Calgary Entrepreneur Launches Indigenous Film Collective
Danielle Black knows what it’s like to be silenced.
As a young Niitsitapi Blackfoot woman, Black decided to create Treaty 7 Filmmaker’s Collective as a way to break down barriers silencing indigenous people - like her.
“Indigenous people are a part of a culture that’s deeply rooted in storytelling. With that, we are also a part of a history where our stories are told from a perspective that’s not our own.” said Black.
Meeting once a month in the city, the collective is an expansion of a group in Winnipeg called the Indigenous Filmmakers Association. According to Black, the collective will provide a “safe place” for indigenous artists, filmmakers, and storytellers to discuss and even produce short films and documentaries in the city.
“We have a high population of indigenous people in Calgary, and if I can help give a bigger voice to those people, I will do anything I can to do so.” said Black.
Jenna Neepin of the Indigenous Filmmakers Association said she’s excited to see other groups pop up around the country. She said she wants to work at uniting the groups spawning across Canada to bring indigenous culture past the ‘emerging’ stage to a ‘mid-level’ stage.