Weengushk Film Institute (WFI), focuses on media arts and education, and is located on Manitoulin Island. WFI is a non-profit, charitable organization established by Dr. Shirley Cheechoo in 2002.
WFI is dedicated to unlocking the creative potential and developing market-leading skills and experience in the cultural sector. In conjunction with Brock University, our organization forges a mentorship network between our students and industry professionals. We foster technical skills development as well as training in the arts. This approach successfully opens access points to key decision makers in all areas of film and television.
WFI's goal is to train, guide and mentor young emerging artists to develop their creative skills. Our students attain a level of professionalism that promotes self-sustainability in a competitive market, the film and television industry.
WFI is an innovative and entrepreneurial response to an identified and documented absence of training opportunities for First Nations youth. Additionally, we invite the participation of young people from diverse backgrounds from Northern Ontario and within Canada and around the world.
Our participants become fluent in the technical aspects of filmmaking while appreciating the significant value of this powerful medium to affect positive change. Since 1988, Shirley Cheechoo has confronted First Nations issues with her own work and as the founding member of Debajehmujig Theatre Group. The Truth and Reconciliation exists because artists, like Shirley Cheechoo are determined to heighten awareness of Canada's First Nations issues and culture. Here We Grow
HELP US to provide the best environment for our participants by supporting:
- Student bursaries and scholarships
- Our networking capacity while building stronger partnerships
- Investment in the WFI Building with wheelchair accessibility, improvements to increase energy efficiency
- The aquisition of production and post-production equipment
- Building on-site residential building for students and instructors
By the Numbers
Since 2007, WFI has trained over 300 participants from a variety of programs. We have a proven track record! EIGHTY PERCENT of WFI graduates are working in the media-arts! Twenty percent have returned to secondary school and post-secondary education. A Certificate in Film Production from Weengushk is now fully accredited by Brock University. Testimonials
“Weengushk Film Institute has helped me turn my life around. I have gained so much experience and made so many new friends and set out to a whole new life.”
-Joshua Mark Yesno
“Weengushk Film Institute has been instrumental in giving me the tools, contacts and confidence to help me reach my goal of being a professional film and television writer.”
Make a Donation
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE by donating to WFI! Please support us on the path towards a sustainable future for First Nations youth. Help us to open doors so that First Nations youth as well as youth from diverse backgrounds, can succeed with a meaningful career in Canada's expanding film and television industry!
WFI welcomes your support! Your help and contribution to Weengushk Film Institute will support year-round programming, fund events, and provide our participants with the necessary tools they need to succeed.