Earlier today, Netflix has signed a new deal to partner with imagineNative, he Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) and Wapikoni Mobile to bring contents from indigenous creators across Canada. According to the company, these programs will range from screenwriting intensives to apprenticeship programs.
The latest deal will join the streaming giant’s 11 existing partnerships to bring contents from artists in underrepresented communities. Talking about the latest deal, Stéphane Cardin, director of Public Policy, Netflix Canada said,
“Indigenous communities in Canada are rich with unique stories, and organisations like imagineNATIVE, The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) and Wapikoni Mobile are vital to ensuring these voices are heard. Netflix is proud to help launch these three programmes, which will reach Indigenous communities across the country.”
As for ISO-Netflix partnership, it will provide additional support for indigenous projects which have received backing of other parties. Jesse Wente, director of the ISO, commented, “ISO spent the last year in consultations with Indigenous creators and this fund responds to their expressed need for new funding opportunities that will advance work and career opportunities, as well as allow them to follow protocols and practices that are central to indigenous ways of working.”