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Lindsey Mae Willie

Filmmaker; Traditional L& & Governance Coordinator, Dzawada'enuxw First Nation; Dzawada'enuxw, British Columbia, Canada

Lindsey Mae Willie is a member of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw People, living and working in the remote village of Kingcome Inlet, BC. As an artist, activist, and researcher, she works as the traditional land and governance coordinator for the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation. In this role, she has helped develop a governance engagement strategy to enhance the capacity of the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation to assert authority over its territory while engaging in the reconciliation process. She seeks out her culture by listening to her elders, and through hunting, fishing, traversing the wilderness, constructing traditional shelters, and harvesting plants. Her filmmaking explores Indigenous identities, particularly by youth who are hungry to learn their ancestral knowledge and wisdom from their elders. Lindsey explores the revitalization of her community's language, culture, and arts, and in doing so, helps to recover and sustain Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw artistic heritage. Her practice as a documentary filmmaker and storyteller has evolved from eleven years of professional work behind the camera as both camera operator and editor. She has worked with CTV, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), City TV, and OMNI Television. In 2012, Lindsey was awarded the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network's Emerging Director Award and produced her first film, The Potlatch Keepers (2014), which aired on APTN.

 

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