Canada wants to be a global technology leader, and big things have happened on that front in recent years. Indigenous peoples also want to be global technology leaders. In fact, we have always done so.
From canoes to pyramids, from roads and bridges to cities and trade networks, from tents that have withstood blizzards to nailless plank longhouses that have withstood high winds, indigenous technology has contributed to sustainability, universal access and education. It is based on. We have managed millions of square miles of land and water, enriching lives for millions of people, while protecting waterways, forests and non-human life.
And this technology was always fused with art. I’m a Cree and Metis, not from the West Coast, but I’m in awe of Haida’s traditionally carved halibut hooks, which simultaneously embody science, art, respect for the halibut, and sustainability of the resource. I’m thinking.
Among the many mistakes about indigenous peoples is that Western technology is beyond our capabilities. This is despite sharing our wealth of knowledge and technology with newcomers, using them to survive and claim Turtle Island’s resources. So our canoes made the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Indigenous peoples have always been quick to master new technologies, but they have always dreamed bigger than simple mastery or profit. We were driven to develop and enrich our unique culture and community, especially our storytelling tradition.
Once indigenous peoples had access to cameras, lighting, audio and filmmaking equipment, they quickly adapted these tools to create films that reflected our stories. We are empowered to share these with a world that has often misrepresented indigenous cultures, pushing the boundaries of form to tell these stories more intensely and emotionally.
My career as an Indigenous filmmaker, artist and activist has allowed me to share my passion for telling stories through technology that advances almost daily. I have had the privilege of collaborating with and mentoring talented and passionate artists, reclaiming our culture from the myths that colonial oppressors sought to fill it with, and the truth about our indigenous history. I have been talking about
The struggle to rebuild our culture continues for a new generation of creators. These creators, with their extraordinary ability and innovative technology, have captivated indigenous and non-indigenous audiences hungry for our perspective.
Many people are self-educating themselves on new technologies. But if you want more opportunities, you need more access. Affiliated with Emily Carr University of Art and Design, she is the founder and creative director of IM4 Lab, where filmmakers have access to the latest virtual and augmented reality technology training to indigenize the film industry. It can be said that the vision is to make
Exciting new features are coming to IM4 Lab soon. A collaboration with Digital Supercluster’s Talent and Capacity Program, the Virtual Production Innovation Studio enables creators to expand their skills to create digital sets and effects that rival Hollywood blockbusters.
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Virtual production, using virtual and augmented reality technology, has quickly become an essential tool in modern filmmaking.Its indigenous users use these technologies to Thor: Love and Thunder When our flag means death.
Virtual Studios will begin training the first batch of 30 Indigenous creators in the coming weeks. This free program includes extensive training in a virtual production studio and is overseen by matrilineal governing bodies including Tracey Kim Bonneau, Cease Wyss and Doreen Manuel.
These Indigenous women have had extensive careers in media and community activism and are dedicated to making these storytelling tools accessible to their communities.
Access allows you to relive history and build an immersive environment for your story. Those who undergo this training can confidently step onto large production sets and build successful careers.
It is important that trainers working with Indigenous creators are sensitive to who we are and why these tools are important to us. and provide skill development in a context governed by culture. We hope it can be used to connect indigenous artists with highly technical skills in other fields.
This is about making traditional values and culture the foundation for advanced skill development in our community. Technology and skills are community builders, not just career builders. That’s what makes our approach unique, but it can also be applied across creative fields such as healthcare, education, and environmental science.
We hope that programs like the Virtual Production Innovation Studio will also serve as a model for reconciliation. We have a unique opportunity to train a new generation of Indigenous creators to work with the wider industry and turn the camera on our rich history, modern life, and the future of her seven generations. to In doing so, we can influence the Canadian arts sector to become more inclusive and reflective.
Loretta Todd is an indigenous filmmaker, founder and creative director of IM4 Lab.