Fonds MsC-209 - Indigenous Media Arts Group fonds

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Indigenous Media Arts Group fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Moving images
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IMAG

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MsC-209

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  • 1992-2009, predominant 1998-2007 (Creation)
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    Indigenous Media Arts Group

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3.3 m of textual records
209 videocassettes: VHS
87 optical discs
28 videocassettes: Betacam
27 MiniDV cassettes
11 videocassettes: Umatic
3 film reels: Super8
1 t-shirt
1 plaque

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(1998-2007)

Administrative history

The Indigenous Media Arts Group, or IMAG, was a Vancouver based non-profit organization founded in early 1998 to encourage and facilitate the promotion, development and dissemination of Indigenous media, arts and culture. The group grew out of the amalgamation of the First Nations Video Collective and the former First Nations Access Program at Video In Studios. Founding members included Dana Claxton, Cleo Reece, Zachery Longboy, and T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss and membership was comprised of local media makers. IMAG was incorporated under the BC Societies Act on July 19, 1999. IMAG's activities included organizing the IMAGeNation Aboriginal Film and Video Festival, a festival that was held annually in Vancouver from 1998 to 2006, and a traveling film festival that was held in rural communities throughout British Columbia (Prince Rupert, Duncan and Enderby) in 1999 and in 2005. The group also facilitated workshops and training programs in media and arts administration and operated a resource centre for Indigenous people to access information regarding film and video making, media arts, cultural theory and media literacy. IMAG held its first media training program in 2000 and continued to offer training in subsequent years, including themed training programs, such “Healing Hands: Voices of Resistance” and “Repatriation: Returning Home” in 2004-2005. IMAG added a professional media arts training program in 2003 and an After School Media Arts Program in 2005.
IMAG co-sponsored programming events to encourage and facilitate communication, cooperation, and exchange among diverse Indigenous cultural and artistic communities. The group was run by a combination of paid employees and volunteers. IMAG had a board of directors, usually consisting of a group of Indigenous film makers who volunteered at IMAG. The group never received operating funding and functioned from grant to grant. By 2007, key individuals had left the organization and, without an operating grant, the group disbanded the same year.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of materials generated by the operations of the Indigenous Media Arts Group (IMAG), including administrative and financial records, publications, correspondence, meeting minutes, staff and business contact lists, volunteer coordination records, IMAG’s internal forms, resumes, staff and student information. The fonds includes records relating to funding, promoting and coordinating various Indigenous arts development programs, including grant applications, sponsorship agreement, activity reporting, teaching materials, correspondence, festival schedules and guides, publicity materials, press clippings and festival advertisement. In addition, there is a small collection of textbooks on film making. The fonds also contains records specific to the IMAGeNation film festival, including films submitted for the festival, and films created by IMAG staff and students. The fonds contains festival posters and photographs from festivals and other events.

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The records were acquired from Dana Claxton and Cleo Reece in 2016.

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The records were arranged by the archivist. The arrangement was reviewed by the donors.

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Some personal information in the fonds is restricted. Researchers can gain access to the information by completing a research agreement.

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Full

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Finding aid prepared by Alexandra Wieland (September 2022).

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