Candy Palmater is a broadcaster,
comedian and actor. Most recently
she has written the
broadcast for APTN and
narrated the CBC series
. She had her own TV show
The Candy Show
) on APTN for
five seasons and had her own radio
The Candy Palmater Show
on CBC Radio One. Candy, a member
of the Eel River Bar First Nation,
is a former lawyer who is originally
from Point La Nim, New Brunswick.
She now lives with her wife, Denise,
and two dogs in Toronto.
Stacey AglukMacDonald has accomplished
what many may think is impossible. She
has managed to shoot a comedy sketch
show in Iqaluit entirely in Inuktitut. She
shoots outdoor scenes in a climate that
only gives her about four hours of daylight
and temperatures of 40 below!
She wanted to honour both her lan-
guage and her land while furthering the
long-standing Indigenous celebration
of comedy. The series, now in its sixth
season, combines sketch, news parody
and a myriad of other high jinks pulled
off by the two main actors, Vinnie Kare-
tak and Thomas Anguti Johnston. And it
has been drawing new players to the fold
by holding auditions in the North for sup-
porting actor roles.
Besides the weather and light, the chal-
lenges of making TV in the North also
include having to fly your equipment into
a remote community. Sometimes the wea-
ther hinders those flights, which result in
costly delays. In spite of all the challenges,
these young actors are making their mark
and making people laugh. They even had
TomGreen tweet about the show this past
The success of Canadian Indigenous
actors is also crossing the border and head-
ing to Hollywood! The much anticipated
movie tells the back-story
of WonderWoman, when she was a warrior
of the Amazon and the fight that drew her
out into the wider world.
Among the cast is Canadian Indigenous
actor Eugene Brave Rock. Originally from
Alberta, he is an experienced stunt person
who has worked in that capacity in
, and trained the stunt people in
. Now, in this Hollywood block-
I remember themoment when I was seated
in front of the TV and Buffy Sainte-Marie
. The profound
impact that experience had onmy life and
career can’t be measured, but I can tell you
it was the first time I had the thought, “oh,
I could be on TV too”.
buster, Eugene steps squarely in front of
the camera in the role of Chief.
If you cast your mind back to the
movie, there was a moment
when Bruce Wayne sees a photograph on
his computer of Wonder Woman standing
next to amysterious Indigenous character.
That character is Eugene Brave Rock.
Recently, ACTRAmembers attended the
Canadian Labour Congress, Together for a
Fair Future, at which it was declared that
reconciliation is a union issue. As ACTRA
continues to support Indigenous actors
in Indigenous roles and as those roles get
more and more complex, I believe the
Canadian entertainment industry is indeed
on the road to reconciliation.