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Two years ago we created the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity and committed $100 million USD to help build new opportunities for underrepresented communities within entertainment. The Fund supports programs created to develop the next generation of Indigenous creators in Canada and we were excited to give three up-and-coming below-the-line artisans the opportunity to learn more about their craft on the set of our new film You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah.
The funding, delivered through CanNor and the Government of Yukon, supports the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association to deliver programs and initiatives that promote the sector and increase Indigenous representation.
The Writers’ Union of Canada, representing 2,300 members, has sent a letter to Parliament requesting copyright law protections for Canadian authors against generative artificial intelligence (AI) services. The union argues that AI companies are profiting from authors’ hard work without proper compensation.
In a clearly worded statement released on July 13, Book Publishers Association of Alberta executive director Kieran Leblanc addressed the federal government directly about the problems that have been plaguing creative industries for the past decade and now threaten the viability of the Access Copyright: “We are at the end of the road, here. We need you to act. We need you to fix the Copyright Act immediately, before we reach a place of no return.”
The Government of Yukon and the Canada Council for the Arts are pleased to announce the creation and implementation of a new partnership initiative to support Yukon's emerging Indigenous artists and cultural carriers. The Canada Council is partnering with the Government of Yukon to distribute $50,000 in funding to artists in the first year and $150,000 in the second year.
Outgoing Canada Council Director and CEO Simon Brault and Director of the Creating, Knowing, and Sharing program Odile Joannette share their thoughts on work done further to the publishing of Research on the Value of Public Funding for Indigenous Arts and Cultures, 2022.