About Us

We are an Indigenous production company.

We direct and produce film and TV series which respect the powerful truths and knowledge systems of Indigenous peoples from Canada.

Makwa means black bear in Ojibwe with many stories about its roles and contributions on Turtle Island.  Makwa Creative was started to give voice and stage to Indigenous creators sharing about the resilience of Indigenous peoples.

Makwa Creative is a fully Indigenous owned production company. We focus on sharing Indigenous stories both from Tanya's creative perspective, and to support Indigenous creators to reach a wider audience in TV, documentaries, podcasts and digital media.

Makwa Creative works closely with Antica Productions and Westwood Creative Artists to bring life to Indigenous stories.

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Tanya Talaga
President and CEO

Author, public speaker, producer, director and change maker.

Tanya wrote Seven Fallen Feathers which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read Award: Young Adult/Adult; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller.

She was the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, and author of the national bestseller All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward, published in Canada, Australia and England.  She was a columnist at the Toronto Star and nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism.  Tanya holds an honourary Doctor of Letters from Lakehead University.

Tanya is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.

 

Production to protect the creative

With experience working in both the public and private sectors, she is able to facilitate production funding outcomes along with support and management for creative talent. As an Indigenous entrepreneur, Rose is energized through building relationships and sharing ideas. You can read more about her perspectives in her regular column with The Hill Times. She was also a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion focusing on wise practices for Indigenous inclusion. Rose is two-spirit from Taku River Tlingit First Nation in northern British Columbia.

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Rose LeMay
Chief Operating Officer

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Jolene Banning
Producer

Writer, researcher and producer

Jolene Banning is an Anishinaabe-kwe journalist. Her storytelling explores Anishinaabe resilience and culture, and how these push back against settler colonialism in northwestern Ontario. Her previous experience includes over a decade working at CBC Radio in Thunder Bay, where she established a weekly arts and entertainment column. Her work has also appeared in APTN National News, the Globe and Mail, and Friends of Canadian Broadcasting. She lives on her traditional territory of Fort William First Nation.

Integrity to uphold Indigenous knowledges

Makwa Creative is honoured to be supported by Elder Sam from Martin Falls First Nation. Elder Sam provides advise and support from his expertise in culture and relationships. He brings a sense of humor and balance, as well as a depth of knowledge from Anishinaabe from northern Ontario.

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