Celebrating 30 Storytellers for the Second Indigenous Storyteller Edition
It’s time to celebrate! TELUS STORYHIVE is spotlighting Indigenous storytellers in British Columbia and Alberta for the second Indigenous Storyteller Edition.
Congratulations to 30 emerging Indigenous content creators who will each receive $20,000 in production funding, along with training, mentorship and distribution on TELUS Optik TV. Our partners, the Indigenous Screen Office and Creative BC will also be providing top up funding of $3,000 towards each project.
Indigenous talent is continuing to rise in British Columbia and Alberta— it’s time to help bring these stories of resilience, strength and passion to screen. Selected creators of our second Indigenous Storyteller Edition will lead with their story, and their narrative at the forefront.
Join us in congratulating the following creators on their STORYHIVE Indigenous Storyteller Edition selection:
Beky CARDINAL, "ᐊᐧᓂᔨᐦᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ waniyihcikewin (Loss)," Camrose
Bruce Miller, "Skylar's Comet," Calgary
Chance Isbister-Yellow Sun, "Cowboys Of Siksika," Cluny
Chandelle Holomego, "Becoming her Ally," Edmonton
Cody Lefthand, "The Lost Lemon Tapes," Eden Valley
Dale Alexis, "Reserved Parking," Enoch
Dallas Soonias, "Second Team," Calgary
Douglas Winnipeg, "The Pendleton Man," Calgary
Jerimiah Morrison, "Kitsínooki," Lethbridge
Lyndon Suntjens, "Decolonizing our Youth!" Edmonton
M.J Badger, "kiwetin-the north wind," Sherwood Park
Natascha Okimaw, "Kakichihiwewin: The act of healing with words," Grand Prairie
Paige-Lynn Chisaakay, "The Old Pine Tree," Edmonton
Tammy Johnston, "To the Beat of Her Own Drum," Calgary
Brian Majore, "Other Voices," Prince George
Catherine Lafferty, "Indigenous Feminist Writers Circle," Victoria
Chantal Adams, "Kiid Jaad: Spruce Woman," Hornby Island
Dolly Kruger, "Chief Thunder Bird," Penticton
Erynne Gilpin, "Tracing Lines," Victoria
Eva Louise Grant, "Emotionless Girl," Victoria
Lesley Assu, "Standing Spruce: A separation rebuilt through culture," Campbell River
Mariel Belanger, "Wild Horses Brought Her Home," Vernon
Michelle Ikwumonu, "Rosie's Ride," Kamloops
Mike Nichol, "Shacktown," North Vancouver
Quanah Style, "Love is Calling," Vancouver
Shaelyn Johnston, "Anishinaabemowin," Coquitlam
Shay Garza, "Choices," Vancouver
Shayla Stonechild, "Reclaiming Matriarchy," Vancouver
Skylee Murray, "Story of Cedar Woman," West Vancouver
Tryna Gower, "People For Peace," Dawson Creek
We would like to thank our esteemed selection committee of Indigenous filmmakers and community members that select the projects for this edition.
Screens need Indigenous representation. Look out for these projects coming to TELUS Optik TV and online platforms in 2024.
Celebrate more Indigenous Voices on Optik TV Channel 126 and on STORYHIVE’s YouTube Channel.
TELUS STORYHIVE acknowledges that the area in which our staff predominantly gather and work is within the unceded Indigenous territories belonging to the sḵwx̱w 7mesh (Squamish), sel̓l̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples. We acknowledge that many Indigenous communities and cultures survive on the land where we work, live, and play. We recognize that Indigenous peoples have been deeply harmed by Canada's past and present colonial institutions, and we will strive to understand our individual place within this painful history. In our work together, we will take conscious steps to include Indigenous people in decision-making processes and address structural inequities in the Canadian screen-based production sector.