National Film Board Photo

"Catherine (Cathy) Martin-Mi'kmaq Film Producer"

Cathy Martin is an independent producer, and the first Mi'kmaq film maker from the Atlantic Region. She is a member of the Millbrook Miíkmaq First Nation Community near Truro, Nova Scotia. She has a B.A. in Theater Arts from Dalhousie University, a Masters in Education / Media Literacy from Mt. St. Vincent University, and 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 (NFB).

Cathy is the past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and served on the board since its inception in 1999. She has been part of the development of many of the policies and programs within the Canadian Cultural and Arts Institutions to advance First Nations Artists in their respective disciplines.

Martinís recent credits include the NFB film The Spirit of Annie Mae, (2002), which has received many awards in the U.S. and Canada; international award winning, telling the story of a Miíkmaq chief and others building a birchbark canoe, and retracing an ancestorsí journey from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia by canoe; (1995); Kwa'Nu'Te: Mi'kmaq and Maliseet Artists (1991), and Shirley Bear: Minqon Minqon, for Five Feminist Minutes (1990).

Emily Phillips, Pattie Bedwell-Doyle, and Daniel N. Paul

Picture was taken during filming of a pilot, Mock Trial of Governor Edward Cornwallis, at Cornwallis Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 10, 2008.

Click on the following to read a Halifax Herald column I wrote honouring Catherine's accomplishments:

March 29, 2002 : http://www.danielnpaul.com/Col/2002/CathyMartin-PursuingFilmMakingDream.html

Cathy can be contacted at: mikmaq@ns.sympatico.ca