Storytelling is a time-honoured practice in the Aboriginal world, handed down through the generations to ensure that the past is never forgotten. Traditionally, elders would convey these stories orally, and that process is considered to be one of the earliest art forms. Passing on these legends from one generation to the next has been essential to cultural survival. How these stories are told has evolved over time, and today it is common for technology to help tell them — from television to mobile apps. That evolution of storytelling was necessary to keep Aboriginal youth engaged and interested in their heritage and history in today’s modern world.
Wabung Anung Films was created to help tell these stories using modern media, providing elders with an efficient way of reaching the masses, sharing a rich cultural history not only with Aboriginal people but with non-Indigenous audiences as well. The company has offices in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta. We have produced numerous shows and documentary series, primarily for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) based in Winnipeg.
We are a Canadian and Aboriginally-owned, award-winning content creator for film, television and interactive media. We have been producing for the Indigenous market since 2008, working to celebrate Aboriginal culture and enable storytellers to share their experiences with the world. We seek to celebrate Indigenous history — and future — by bringing these stories to the international market, breaking down barriers and promoting acceptance and understanding.
Our majority partner is Jim Compton, an Ojibway man based in Winnipeg. Jim was one of the founders of APTN and has been highly active in the Aboriginal community, particularly in respect to the entertainment industry. Like most Indigenous individuals, Jim has recognized the injustice, intolerance, ignorance and prejudice that Aboriginal people face every day in Canada, and realized that modern technology could help educate people and break down societal barriers by helping convey the stories of Indigenous peoples in a meaningful yet entertaining way. These stories, when shared with non-Indigenous people, help foster greater understanding and empathy, serving to dispel old stereotypes that have hampered unification and inclusion.
Wabung Anung has worked with a multitude of talented Aboriginal and non-Indigenous individuals and helped many of them to launch and/or further their careers in the entertainment industry. In addition to our television and film projects, we have produced two Heritage Minutes for Historica Canada — Chanie Wenjack and Naskumituwin (Treaty) — as well as commercial spots for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games, held in Toronto. Wabung Anung is an equal-opportunity employer and we do not discriminate based on age, gender or orientation.