Project Head:
On-screen Protocols + Pathways

Application Deadline: November 22
(NOTE: late applications will not be accepted)

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is currently accepting both internal and external applications for the following role:


A rare opportunity to work with one of Canada’s leading arts organizations in
developing an industry-changing resource for the film and cultural media industries

Contractor Position
December 2017 – January 2019

Send your C.V./Resume along with a cover letter by email, with the job title in the subject heading, to

You may address the cover letter to:
Daniel Northway-Frank, Industry Director
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 446
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

imagineNATIVE is seeking an experienced, well connected and driven Indigenous consultant - with a proven track record in the field - to lead independently or in conjunction with a team of regional representatives to execute the following:

On Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories is a one-year special initiative led by imagineNATIVE, that will result in the production of a media production guide for use by non-Indigenous filmmakers and production companies wishing to feature First Nations, Métis or Inuit (FNMI) people, content or concepts (traditional or contemporary cultures, knowledge or intellectual property) in their films, television programs and digital media content. The guide will provide valuable information on principles and protocols to be observed when approaching First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) and in obtaining their consent for productions.

The media production guide will be freely disseminated to FNMI communities (Councils, PTO’s, friendship centres, etc.), broadcasters (APTN, CBC), industry associations and funders (CMPA, DOC, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, the National Film Board and to film schools and training programs (National Screen Institute, Canadian Film Centre, etc.). The document will also be disseminated through imagineNATIVE’s website and social media channels. The guide will also be promoted at the 2018 edition of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival, through the media and through partnerships with industry organizations (funders, training schools, producers).

A background report was produced that will inform the process for the development of the guide: Developing a Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities in Canada: A Background Report

Funding for this project is provided by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the National Film Board of Canada, the Canada Media Fund, Inspirit Foundation, Telefilm Canada and Creative BC.


(contractor position)

REPORTS TO: imagineNATIVE Project Managers (Industry Director, Artistic and Executive Director), and in guidance by the Advisory Panel at key milestones. This project is being led by imagineNATIVE, which is governed by an eleven member Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will approve the hiring of the Project Head appoint the members of the Advisory Panel. The Chair of the Board of Directors will sit on the Advisory Panel in an ex officio capacity. The Board of Directors of imagineNATIVE will be responsible to approve the final protocol document and guidelines.

This FNMI individual will be responsible for the development of the consultation document, the refinement and implementation of the consultation plan, facilitating all consultations, and developing the draft and final media production guide. The Project Head will be responsible for presenting project milestones to the Project Managers, as well as for gathering and incorporating the expertise of the Advisory Panel.

Based on the completed Pre-Consultation Research, duties and responsibilities of the Project Head include, but are not limited to:

Methodology + Components

1)   National Advisory - Convene and Oversee Involvement

  • The Panel will be comprised of ten to twenty members, including the Chair. The members will be drawn from amongst FNMI elders, cultural leaders, community leaders, filmmakers and industry professionals. The Advisory Panel will reflect the different expertise, roles and sensitivities, and regions, ensuring the inclusion of cultural social and artistic perspectives. One member of the Advisory Panel will be filmmaker Darlene Naponse, who will lead the community case study as part of the project methodology.
  • It is anticipated that the Project Managers and/or the Project Head will consult with the Advisory Panel on an as needed basis. For example, a) prior to the launch of the consultations to provide input on the development of the issues document for consultation and on the consultation plan; b) following the consultations to provide input into the draft protocol document and guidelines; and c) to review the final protocol document and guidelines and provide input into the launch and dissemination plan.

2)    Consultations

  • The purpose of the consultations is to inform the development of the media production guide. These consultations will be national in scope. They will include a call for comments from Indigenous filmmakers and television producers, followed by national and regional consultations with FNMI across the county. Consultations will also extend to selected non-Indigenous members of the film and television industries.
  • A consultation paper on issues for discussion and topics for inclusion in the guide will be developed for comment by stakeholders. It will serve to identify the issues and information for inclusion in the guide. The project aims to responding to the needs of communities and to reflect what they want to see in the document.
  • The selection of communities to be consulted will ensure that regional, rural and northern voices are central to the project. These consultations will also include large urban centres with active film and television production. A preliminary list of possible locations for consultations include: Northern FNMI, including Whitehorse, Iqaluit, Yellowknife and Dawson City, Vancouver and 2 other BC communities, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Manitoulin Island, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek/Whitefish Lake First Nation, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Halifax and Corner Brook.

An important aspect of the community consultations will be the respect of local protocols and gaining of appropriate permissions, providing food for participants, and counselling services to participants who require it.

3)    Development of Draft Media Production Guide

  • Following the consultations, the Project Head will develop a summary of the findings of the consultations. This will support the Project Head in the development of a draft Guide.

The Draft Media Production Guide will identify principles for working with FNMI peoples, content and concepts, as well as specific guidance on the application of the principles with respect to the development, production, post-production and launch of film and television production (for drama and documentary). It will also provide information for FNMI communities to understand the film and television industry, its terms, process and roles, copyright protection, performers’ rights and moral rights, how to negotiate fair deals, and how to involve the community in adapting the guide to develop their own protocols for use in film and television production.

The Draft will be presented to the Advisory Panel for their input.

4)    Community Case Study

  • The Project Team will work with filmmaker Darlene Naponse, an Anishinaabe director and producer who owns and runs Pine Needle Productions on Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (Whitefish Lake First Nation), to develop a film and television protocol for her community using the media production guide. This will provide an opportunity to test the guide and to identify best practices and challenges from the community’s perspective.

5)    Final Media Production Guide

  • A final version of the media production guide will be prepared integrating all feedback from the Advisory Panel and lessons learned from the community case study.


  1. Consultation Document (“issues paper”)
  2. Consultation Plan and Distribution List
  3. Facilitated Industry and Community Consultations
  4. Summary of Findings from the Consultations
  5. Draft Media Production Guide
  6. Community Case Study
  7. Final Media Production Guide 

General Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for development of consultation plan and facilitator of consultations including budget management, logistics. This may be done independently or with contract funding, a sub contracting of regional consultants and staffing.
  • Communicating findings to the Advisory Panel
  • Development and drafting of the protocol document and guide
  • Prepare position-related reports for Executive Director and Board of Directors at key milestones

Skills and Qualifications:

Range of Skill/expertise requirements:

  • Well-developed network of contacts with meaningful connections and relationships that will benefit the project.
  • Expert knowledge of First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) protocols, including arts and culture protocols.
  • Strong knowledge of FNMI intellectual and cultural property.
  • Experience in the film and television production sectors and related arts and cultural sectors
  • Experience in developing and promoting consultations in FNMI communities.
  • Familiarity and experience with FNMI governance structures
  • Commitment to the protection and fair and equitable representation of FNMI peoples, content and concepts

Required Documents for Application:

  • Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  • Detailed CV
  • Budget outline for the deliverables, excluding travel
  • Links to past consultation reports, papers or publications that support their application that illustrate a proven track record for consultation and implementation of a published resource/paper
  • Methodology and scope/scale of the project


We thank all interested applicants; however, only qualified candidates will be contacted. No telephone calls please.