About Host & Series Co-Creator Lisa Charleyboy

Lisa Charleyboy is a writer, editor, storyteller, and television and radio host who found her calling through her blog ‘Urban Native Girl.’

Charleyboy is Tsilhqot’in from Tsi Del Del First Nation in the interior of BC, and is now living in the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Watuth First Nations in Vancouver, BC.  While in Toronto attending university, she gained cultural connections, which led her passion to focus on Indigenous youth in urban environments.

Lisa is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Urban Native Magazine, co-creator and host of Urban Native Girl TV, and co-editor of Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices. She has been called an “Aboriginal storyteller for the digital generation” by the National Post.

Lisa is currently finishing her EMBA in Aboriginal Business & Leadership program at Simon Fraser University.

About Series Co-Creator and Director/DP Shane Belcourt

Shane Belcourt is an award-winning and CSA-nominated filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. As a writer, director, cinematographer, and story editor on many Indigenous works, in both narrative and factual; for broadcast, theatrical, and the web; Shane has a vested interested in creating works that speak to his Métis heritage.  Some notable work as Director includes the feature film Tkaronto; short dramatic films A Common Experience and Apikiwiyak; commercials such as the 2014 imagineNATIVE Native To campaign and two Historica Canada Heritage Minutes; and documentary for broadcast projects such as Kaha:wi – The Cycle of Life and the 13-part series Urban Native Girl.  Currently, Shane is working on the adaptation of a Jeff Lemire graphic novel, Roughneck, along with his second feature film Red Rover, that is set to be released in the Fall of 2017.

About Series Producer Jim Compton

JIM COMPTON is an award-winning journalist, director, producer and host of Aboriginal-themed programming, from in-depth documentaries to dramas, talk shows and feature films. Jim was the Founder and Executive Producer of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and is now the Artisic Director of the Adam Beach Film Institute and the President of Wabunganung Film Company. This year the ABFI graduated sixteen students, two from Alberta, one from Six Nations and thirteen from Manitoba.

About Series Producer Jeremy Edwardes

JEREMY EDWARDES is the VP of Wabunganung and Coptor. He has been producing for lm and television for over 13 years, and has worked on projects that have garnered international acclaim. Jeremy excels at building and managing teams and working with new technology. He is a trusted consultant to the television industry, having served on numerous international juries, both within Canada and abroad. Early in his career, Jeremy served as Associate Producer for the 2005 Academy Award-winning animated short film, Ryan.

About Series Executive Producer Todd Ivey

Todd is the Treasurer and VP of Wabungnanung and the President and founder of its parent company, Coptor Productions. Todd is the chief administrator of the projects, in charge of accounting and legals. He works with the creative team to design the initial pitch materials, helps prepare the budgets, completes the financing applications, oversees production agreements, contracts cast and crew, undertakes production and exploitation accounting and is in charge of legal clearances and insurance issues. He has fourteen years of experience in film production administration and over twenty years of experience in business administration.

About Series Associate Producer Michelle St. John

Michelle St. John is a two-time Gemini Award winning actor with more than 35 years of experience in film, television, theatre, voice and music. Michelle was a Co-Founder of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble, a Native women’s theatre company based in Toronto. For two years, she served as Producer and Host for Red Tales, a weekly Native literary show on Aboriginal Voices Radio. Michelle served as President of Dr. E Entertainment, a company dedicated to creating media content featuring Dr. Evan Adams with a focus on Aboriginal health. She has also been a producing partner in Frog Girl Films, producing several short films directed by Marie Clements. Recently, Michelle joined ranks with Shane Belcourt and Jordan O’Connor at The Breath Films. Her first documentary, Colonization Road premiered at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in October 2016.