Greetings for Black History Month 2022 from WIDC alumna Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell

Published by permission: Greetings to the Lakehead community during Black History Month 2022 Of course, we know that Black people have been in Canada since the 1600s. Don’t we? We know that is not since time immemorial, like Indigenous peoples, whose territories we occupy, but 400 years is a good long time. And we know that the contributions of [...]

Women In the Director’s Chair Launches 25th Anniversary including new collaboration with Reelworld Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2021 – Kicking off the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC), organizers are delighted to announce that the Reelworld Film Institute / Reelworld Film Festival will become an official community collaborator. Together with the St John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF), the three organizations will co-present the Fall 2021 Online [...]

Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s, Pour toi Flora, will be first Indigenous-led drama series for CBC radio-Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2021 - On April 27, 2021, radio-Canada announced its first-ever drama production written, directed and produced by Indigenous creators. Pour toi Flora, a miniseries consisting of six hour-long episodes, will premiere on the ad-free premium streaming service ICI TOU.TV EXTRA in 2022 before its linear-TV broadcast on ICI TÉLÉ as well as APTN. According to [...]

Racism is soul-destroying: Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell reacts to current events in USA and Canada

June 2, 2020. #BlackoutTuesday In light of recent events, WIDC alumna 2006 and former Board Member, Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell has asked us to reprint her reactions below to current events in the USA and Canada. The WIDC Board agreed unanimously to give Rita this space. Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell Until I realized that murdered black man [...]