Sonya Ballantyne

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Indigenous arts, Inter-arts, Literary arts, Media arts

Grade Level: pre k, k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Language: english

Regions: Norman, Parklands, Interlake, Westman, Eastman, Capital Region

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Biography

I became interested in film because I wanted to see people like my mother as a starship captain on “Star Trek”. I wanted to create a Native hero that existed in the present and in the future to show the world that we made it.

When a person wants a story about a cheeky Native girl with a smart remark for everything or a presentation on the media’s portrayal of Indigenous women, I’m your go-to girl.

I am the founder and creative director of the film production company Code Breaker Films. I began my career as a filmmaker when I won the 2014 Gimli Film Festival pitch competition and premiered my winning film “Crash Site” at the same festival in 2015. I’ve won the imagineNative short film pitch competition in 2016 for my film “Eagle Girl”, which premiered at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival. In 2017, I spoke at TedX Winnipeg with the talk titled “If I don’t see myself how do I know I exist”, which spoke about the resilience I found in the media I consumed.

Media

Project Samples

Telling Your Story

You have a voice and it is your most powerful tool. I will help you find the stories you need to tell and how the world needs to hear them.

Resilience in Nerdity

How we consume media can have an impact on our lives. Sonya talks about how the media she enjoyed as a child became the sword and shield she used to combat the racism she faced. A good choice for media studies units.