The creative team who brings you 7TH GEN represents many different nations coming together to share their gifts to tell these powerful positive stories. For many, it is their first experience in these roles. We all help each other, learn from each other, and do our best to share these incredible stories with respect and authenticity at every step of the journey.
Here are a few members of our team.
Executive Producer, Showrunner, Writer, Director
Dinae is a proud Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) writer, director, actor, and advocate from Swan Lake First Nations, Manitoba on Treaty 1 Territory. She recently co-wrote and directed the hit feature doc True Story for History Channel and is running and developing several series and films on many platforms.
Host (Cree & English)
Ivana is a nehinaw/nihithaw (Muskego and High-Rock Cree) iskwew (woman) from Manto Sipi Cree Nation and Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (Pukatawagan). She is a sundancer, pipe carrier, buﬀalo dancer, wihtikokaan dancer, drum carrier singer, and youth worker.
Host (English), Writer, Director
Darcy is the founder of Turtle Mountain Media and is one of Canada’s fastest-rising producers and creators. Most recently he produced the film Finality of Dusk, and created, wrote, and starred in the hit comedy series DJ Burnt Bannock. Darcy also hosts That's AWSM! and Bullseye for APTN.
Cree Language Translator, Web Series Co-Host
Lorraine was the Cree Language Consultant for Taken and provided the Cree language translation and voice-over for all 56 episodes. Lorraine is devoted to teaching the Cree language, and we are honoured to have had her share her teachings on the 7TH GEN series.
Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Director
Lisa Meeches, CM, OM
Lisa is one of the most respected producers in the film industry and is Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation, Sandy Bay First Nation, and Ebb and Flow First Nation. She created, produced and hosted The Sharing Circle for 16 seasons and co-created and hosted Taken for APTN and CBC.
Executive Producer, Co-Creator
Kyle Irving, OM
Kyle has produced more than 230 hours of film and television content in 20 years, including the Oscar-winning film Capote and the hit series Burden of Truth (CBC, The CW, Netflix). Recent projects include Orphan: First Kill, and the series Skymed, and Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On.
Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Writer, Director
Rebecca is an award-winning actor, writer, director, producer, and devoted mentor and advocate for equity, diversity, and accessibility. In addition to running several shows, she leads development on many others, from comedy, to drama, to animation, with companies around the world.
Hannah is Eagle Vision's Head of Business Affairs, and a producer of the internationally award-winning film Diaspora, among many other shows. Her educational focus on intersectional social issues and human rights is something she applies to her career and all aspects of her life.
Assistant Production Manager
After spending 15 years working in the non-profit sector in Winnipeg’s inner-city, Sam found herself on an island picking grapes for a season before stumbling into the film industry. Art, hard work, storytelling and putting out fires has helped her to find a balance between creative and logistical work.
Richard has crossed the country many times to work on various projects, including as Supervising Producer on Taken. He recently worked on the hit films The Ice Road (with Liam Neeson) and Nobody (with Bob Odenkirk) as well as several television series.
Director of Photography
Gabriel Levesque has been extremely busy in the scripted space, as DOP for the series High Maintenance, the Lifetime features Love at Daisy Hills and A Secret to Keep, and the drama series Edgar for Bell Media. He is also highly in demand for his factual work.
Kane is a director and multi-talented film technician who graduated from Vancouver Film School, and completed the National Screen Institute's New Voices program. He is an accomplished director, whose work includes the award-winning Blood Memory. He recently won a CSA.
Post Production Supervisor, Editor
Linda Nelson started her career on The Journal with Barbara Frum, and became the youngest senior news producer at the CBC. She has created and produced award-winning content for decades and is a key industry mentor to many members of the 7TH GEN team.
Post Production Sound
Norm is president of Gottashow Inc. and an award-winning television and music producer. Norm has developed, designed, staged and contributed to shows in communities from coast to coast, and has won many awards for his work. He is also a proud Métis, and French speaker.
Associate Producer, Head Researcher
Cynthia Murdock is an Indigenous filmmaker who is a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation. She recently produced the upcoming comedy series DJ Burnt Bannock and is the lead producer on the development of a limited series based on Beatrice Mosionier's landmark book April Raintree.
In January of 2022, we lost our dear friend Jacquie Black, who was of Ojibway heritage and from Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. Jacquie was an award-winning writer and director, whose work ranged from children's series (Tipi Tales, Wolf Joe) and books to hard-hitting documentary work (Taken).
Jessica Landry is a Métis fiction writer, specializing in horror, who is fast becoming one of Canada's top screenwriters with several feature films under her belt. She is currently writing the upcoming limited series April Raintree, and several episodes of television in a variety of genres.
Madison Thomas (Ojibwe/Saulteux & Russian/Ukrainian settler) was named one of Playback Magazine’s “Five Filmmakers to Watch” in 2019. Since, Madison has become one of the country's most highly sought-after directors of film and television.
Katarina is an Ojibway-Mohawk woman and a member of Sagkeeng First Nation. She worked on the series Taken, and participated in Orange Daisy Project in support of mental health. She co-wrote the upcoming feature Finality of Dusk with Madison Thomas, and was a subject in Season I of 7TH GEN.
Post-Production Supervisor, Editor, Director
Ginger's background includes a degree in Filmmaking from the University of Winnipeg, as well as specialized training in Digital Advertising and Social Media Management. She is a dedicated human rights advocate, and her work centers around building and promoting an equitable future for all.
Natalie Lussier is a member of the Métis Nation, and since beginning her career with 7TH GEN a year ago, has become a very busy editor, including editing the entire 7TH GEN Cree Language Web Series. She was recently chosen for a producer mentorship through the CMPA.
Joseph Fourre is not only a filmmaker and editor, he is also an actor who can be seen in DJ Burnt Bannock, Acting Good, and the upcoming comedy feature Deaner '89. Joseph's personal story of his healing journey is an inspiration to all members of the team.
Key Makeup Artist
Aiyana is Nakoda/Cree and a proud member of the Ceg-A-Kin (Carry-The Kettle) Nakoda First Nation in Saskatchewan where her mother is from. She also recognizes my father’s home fire Nisichawayasihk (Nelson House) Cree Nation. Aiyana works with the Manito Ahbee Festival, launching the first NextGEN.
Justin is an established and recognized Métis media composer and music producer, with 100 episodes of television, over 25 short films and several feature-length films completed to date. Justin also frequently collaborates with Canadian recording artists and was a Variety 10 to Watch.