A Message from the Executive/Artistic Director


Over the course of my career, I learned that the only way to achieve my goals was to work hard and invest in myself through training and professional development. When I started my career in film, there was very little training available in the north. This meant that I had to travel south for training. It was this experience and my desire to share

my culture, skills and experience with Aboriginal youth and persons of diversity that inspired me to create Weengushk Film Institute (WFI). WFI is an education and training organization that will positively impact the lives and economic situation of Aboriginal youth and people of diversity. I know from personal experience that art has the power to heal and uplift.

As you move forward in your training, there will be challenges and obstacles. However, if you all come together in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, these challenges can be overcome. Remember that we all need each other and together we can move mountains.

You are tomorrow’s leaders. The future rests in your hands and I encourage all of you to blaze a trail not only for yourselves but also for those who will come after you. Within each of you lies everything that you need to succeed. Blaze a trail and leave your mark!

I wish you all every success. Thank you all for being here and being to be a part of Weengushk Film Institute (WFI).



Dr. Shirley Cheechoo

Founder & Executive/Artistic Director