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Racism/Discrimination, Aboriginal Issues, Human Rights & Social Justice, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity
Lindsay Monture is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and is a recent graduate from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies. Although she has had over 7 years experience working in film and media fulfilling such roles as writer, videographer, editor, photographer, production assistant, production designer, makeup artist and art department, Lindsay dedicates much of her time supporting many artistic fields. In the past, she has worked for Indigenous organisations such as the Metis Music Ensemble, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts. She is now the Programming and Industry Coordinator at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
My name is Lindsay Monture, and I am a Kanienke'haka (Mohawk) woman from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. I grew up in Brantford, Ontario, just outside Six Nations and moved to the rez when I was 14. It took some time to adjust to living on the rez from being a "City Indian". I was often picked on by the other native kids for not being "native enough", but I never let it really get to me because I was grounded enough in my traditions to know that their definition of being native didn't include going to longhouse, or ceremony. I made it through high school with good grades, took a year off to live in Vancouver with my sister, and that is where I found my calling. I got involved in the native film industry in Vancouver, which lead me to apply to York University for Film & Media Arts Studies. While I was in university, I didn't know any other native people and was everyone's token native friend. This is when I started to realize the true lack of history being taught to non-native Canadians by the Canadian school system, which caused a lot of friends to feel it was okay to make ignorant comments. Once I finished school, I decided I didn't want to have much involvement with anyone I was in school with. Although networking and making connections is such a huge part of the film industry, everyone I went to school with were looking for those big-budget Hollywood opportunities that I knew wasn't for me. I focused all my energy on working in the native arts community in Toronto, and eventually finding my way to the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. In my eyes, imagineNATIVE is the mecca for indigenous rights issues being played out in front of thousands of people, giving Indigenous artists across the world a platform for arts, culture and education like no other. I'm humbled and honoured to be a part of this organization.