Dr. Shirley Cheechoo

Executive / Artistic Director

Shirley Cheechoo is the president of Spoken Song Film Production Company and founded Weengushk Film Institute on beautiful Manitoulin Island. She is a Cree actress, writer, producer, director, and visual artist. She was named chancellor of Brock University in July 2015, the institution’s first female and first Aboriginal Chancellor.

Nano Debassige

Senior Manager

Nano Debassige is an editor, videographer and photographer. Before becoming the Senior Manager for Weengushk Film Institute in 2007, Nano worked as a photographer/videographer for Freshwater Media. Along with a variety of top-of-the-line industry professionals, Nano also instructs a number of programs at Weengushk Film Institute. He graduated from Sheridan College in the Media Arts program.

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Jonathan Zagula

Youth Program Officer

Jonathan is a videographer and photographer with a bachelor in Film Studies. Before becoming the Youth Program Officer for Weengushk Film Institute in 2018, Jonathan worked as a photographer/videographer for various organizations, along with a variety of top-of-the-line industry professionals, Jonathan coordinates a number of programs at Weengushk Film Institute, such as Lab 1 Film Program and Bigiiweda Cultural program. 

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Gloria Panacheese

Office Administrator

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