This theme focuses on the ways in which Aboriginal peoples have been represented in NFB documentaries. Film excerpts illustrate how the representation of Aboriginal peoples has evolved over the last fifty years.


Interview with Cathy Martin

Filmmaker Catherine Anne Martin explores the differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal filmmakers.

Catherine Anne Martin is an independent producer and the first Mi'kmaq filmmaker from the Atlantic Region. She is a member of the Millbrook Mi’kmaq First Nation Community near Truro, Nova Scotia. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Dalhousie University, a Master’s in Education/Media Literacy from Mount St. Vincent University and a certificate in Conflict, Negotiations and Mediation from Henson College.
She has been making award-winning documentaries about her nation since 1989, producing several films with her independently owned company, Matues Productions, and also for the National Film Board of Canada. Catherine is the past chairperson of the board of directors for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and has served on the board since its inception in 1999.
Her recent credits include an animated story for CBC, The Little Boy Who Lived with Muin'skw, which she co-produced and adapted from a Mi'kmaq legend in 2004 (co-produced and directed by Mary Elizabeth Luka), as well as these NFB films: The Spirit of Annie Mae (2002), Mi’kmaq Family (1995), Kwa'nu'te’: Micmac and Maliseet Artists (1991) and Shirley Bear: Minqon Minqon for Five Feminist Minutes (1990). She has just finished an online documentary with the NFB to update the Annie Mae story.

A filmography of her work with the NFB can be consulted by going to, clicking on “Find a film”, and searching for Catherine Anne Martin in the credits.

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