The Globe and Mail infallibly captures the movements of personnel inside the nomenklatura, this week recording the change of leadership at the National Film Board from one left wing male French Canadian to another female of the same nationality. Comrade Suzanne Guevremont has assumed control from Comrade Claude Joli-Coeur, the former commissioner (CEO) and chairperson.
The substance of the long article (most of page 6 below the fold) dwelt on the report that 72% of production between 2012 and 2021 was made by white film makers. This fact was obviously unacceptable to all concerned. While Comrade Joli-Coeur was congratulated on his achievement of gender parity goals (meaning 50-50 male/female ratios), indeed its overfulfilment of quota, and aboriginal goals (15% of NFB production), no goals had yet been set for racialized Canadians. This fact will be addressed by the income Commissioner.
In its corporate plan for 2020 the NFB pledged to make racial diversity one of its top priorities.
Film makers working for the NFB are reported to be in vigorous debates about “priorities and procedures”.
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Suzanne Guevremont, the new NFB Commissioner and Chairperson