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Wapanatahk Media production company aims to showcase Indigenous stories – CBC.ca

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Two Indigenous producers who have been working in the entertainment and broadcast industry for over 20 years are launching their first television series.

“We are revitalizing our passion for our profession; it’s the dawn of a new day for us,” said Shirley McLean, who is a member of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation in the Yukon.

In 2020, she and Tania Koenig-Gauchier created Vancouver-based Wapanatahk Media which in Cree means “the first morning star of the day.”

McLean said the name represents starting fresh again even though they’ve been in the business since the 1990s.

“Indigenous stories are making national headlines and in mainstream media — it’s not a niche market anymore,” McLean said.

Shirley McLean is a producer and is member of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation in the Yukon. (Wapanatahk Media)

The company’s first series, Dr. Savannah: Wild Rose Vet premiered on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network on May 3 in Cree and in English on May 4. 

The docuseries is based in rural Alberta and is about a young Métis woman who followed her dream to become a veterinarian.

Kerry Moraes-Sugiyama, manager of original programming at APTN, worked with Koenig-Gauchier and McLean on the production of the series from the beginning. 

“Dr. Savannah: Wild Rose Vet is absolutely amazing in gender parity because 10 of their 15 key creators are female,” Moraes-Sugiyama said.

“We come from a matriarchal culture where women have powerful voices and it’s very reflective in our traditional culture. We [also] have fantastic female role models out there in many professions.”

Tania Koenig-Gauchier is a Cree-Metis producer and co-founder of the B.C. based Wapanatahk Media. (Wapanatahk Media )

Wapanatahk Media also aims to bring Indigenous stories to the forefront of mainstream media with authentic representation. 

“Representation definitely matters,” said Koenig-Gauchier, who is Cree-Métis.

“Our people are funny. They’re fun. We’re family-oriented. We love our communities. We also want to bring shows to mainstream networks that have never seen Indigenous peoples portrayed in this way before.”

A companion podcast to the series launched May 18 and is available on all major streaming services. 

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Newest council appointment resigns after controversial social media posts surface – CityNews Toronto

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  1. Newest council appointment resigns after controversial social media posts surface  CityNews Toronto
  2. Newly appointed Toronto councillor resigns after controversial social media posts resurfaced  CTV News Toronto
  3. Toronto politician accused of homophobic social media posts resigns from city council  blogTO
  4. Toronto’s newest councillor resigns hours after she was appointed  Global News
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Media Advisory: Ministers Stoodley and Davis to Attend Run for Women in Support of Stella's Circle – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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On Sunday, June 26 the Honourable Sarah Stoodley, Minister of Digital Government and Service NL and the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will attend the LOVE YOU’ by Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women, in support of women’s mental health programs at Stella’s Circle.

The event is set to begin at 8:45 a.m. at Quidi Vidi Lake, 115 The Boulevard, St. John’s.

The Run for Women is held in 18 cities throughout Canada and focuses on Women’s Mental Health. Funds raised go to this year’s charity partner, Stella’s Circle, to specifically support programming at Naomi House and the Just Us Women’s Centre. The event also promotes physical movement as a means to creating better positive mental health outcomes.

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709-729-5449, 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca

2022 06 24
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Newly appointed Toronto councillor resigns after controversial social media posts resurfaced – CTV News Toronto

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A newly installed Toronto councillor has resigned after her old social media posts, which appear to show homophobic content, were unearthed hours following her appointment.

Rosemarie Bryan was appointed by city council as the new councillor for Ward 1 – Etobicoke North during a special meeting on Friday, filling the vacancy left by Michael Ford, who ran in June’s provincial election and won.

After she was appointed, however, Bryan’s alleged past social media activities, which appears to show her sharing anti-LGBTQ content, were brought to light.

Friday was the start of the Pride Toronto’s Festival Weekend, which features the return of the Pride Parade to downtown streets on Sunday following a two-year hiatus.

Several councillors posted to social media that had they known about Bryan’s posts, they would not have voted for her to fill the seat.

“A majority of councillors would have never this (way) had this information been brought forward. We relied too heavily on the recommendation being made by former councillor,” Coun. Mike Layton tweeted.

“We need to reopen this debate.”

Of the 23 councillors who cast their ballots, 21 voted for Bryan, including Mayor John Tory.

Coun. Josh Matlow, one of the two councillors who did not vote for Bryan, called for her resignation, tweeting that he does not believe “anyone who supports hate and bigotry should be a Toronto city councillor, or hold any public office for that matter. This is disgraceful.”

On Friday night, Bryan released a statement announcing that she is resigning, saying it’s the best way to continue serving those who love and support her in Etobicoke North.

Bryan said she is devastated that her past online posts are being “thrown against my decades of commitment to the community.”

“I recognize councillors were not aware of those posts before today’s discussion and now that they are, I recognize many would not have cast their vote for me. I don’t want to hurt all those who supported me and I remain committed to helping my community in any and every way I can,” she said.

In a statement, Tory said while Bryan made a “strong case” to council for her appointment, her past social media posts are “not acceptable.”

“I totally disagree with any homophobic or transphobic views. I absolutely support our 2SLGBTQ+ residents. City Councillors are expected to set an example when it comes to consistency with our shared values,” Tory said.

“I would not have voted for this appointment had I been aware of these posts and I know that is the sentiment of the vast majority of council who also voted today.”

He said it was appropriate for Bryan to resign.

“The upset this has caused everyone involved is extremely unfortunate. This is especially unfortunate on the very weekend when we are celebrating the progress we have made together,” Tory said, adding that he has asked staff to review the overall appointment process.

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