NFB Releases Statement Regarding Inconvenient Indian

By Patrick Mullen

Following serious allegations that put Michelle Latimer’s Indigenous ancestry under scrutiny, the NFB has released the following statement regarding the future of Inconvenient Indian.

After engaging with the Indigenous participants who appear on screen, the NFB’s Indigenous Advisory Group, and industry partners, the NFB, 90th Parallel Productions and producer Jesse Wente have decided to withdraw Inconvenient Indian from active distribution.

The film will be withdrawn from all upcoming festivals, including the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to dialogue and engage with Indigenous communities to explore an accountable path forward for the film.

The NFB is committed to the On-Screen Protocols & Pathways developed by imagineNATIVE and the guidelines of the Indigenous Screen Office, and remains dedicated to the principle that Indigenous stories must be told by Indigenous creators.

Inconvenient Indian was the among the most acclaimed Canadian films on the festival circuit this year. Latimer resigned from her position as director of the CBC mini-series Trickster yesterday, following the departures of several producers and calls from members of the Indigenous arts community. The news about Lartimer’s contested heritage has sparked notable dialogue with Indigenous creators, particular as pertains to identity and ancestry and documentary ethics. Latimer has noted on social media that she stands by her claims of ancestry and seeks to prove them in time.