Published Jun 12, 2019Netflix is making some big moves in Canada, including an enormous production hub in Toronto. But that's not all. The streaming giant has also announced a partnership with three different Indigenous organizations to foster and develop new talent.
At the Banff World Media Festival, Netflix confirmed plans to work with imagineNATIVE, the Indigenous Screen Office and Wapikoni Mobile.
Speaking to the Canadian Press, Netflix Canada's public policy director Stephane Cardin said, "For us it really is a testament to two things: One, that we have a long-term view and commitment to Canada and recognizing the strength of its creative community. We want to help foster some emerging talent.
"And the second is really the fact that we believe that not just our company and our workforce, but also our service and our content are better and stronger when they reflect the diversity of our membership, and I think that is reflected in all the partnerships that we've signed."
In 2017, Netflix vowed to invest $500 million in Canadian productions over the course of five years. The company is expected to exceed that number.