The launch of three new channels devoted to the culture and realities of the first peoples will mark the start of Indigenous History Month on Wednesday. The NFB will also mark the start of LGBTQ Pride Month with special programming.

The platform will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Wapikoni Foundation by dedicating a channel to it. The initiative founded by Manon Barbeau has helped lift the veil on Indigenous cultures and realities while allowing people from different nations and communities to become familiar with the audiovisual industry. The collection put online will notably include the documentary Wapikoni – Escale à Kitcisakik, which gives an idea of ​​the work done by the traveling studio.

The other two indigenous channels will be devoted to the transmission of indigenous knowledge and indigenous animated cinema. The NFB will also present the documentaries Au fil de l’eau by Fritz Muller (June 12) and Chasseuse de son (June 16) for the first time online. The latter is an art film featuring the quest of Inuk performer Tanya Tagaq, co-directed by Chelsea McMullan.

Since June is also Pride Month, the platform is also offering a program starting Wednesday of 31 films exploring various issues and stories of the LGBTQ community. When love is gay by Laurent Gagliardi and Vers la lumière by Sheona McDonald, who is interested in gender identity, are among the works offered on the 2eLGBTQI channel.

Last novelty, the curator Marc St-Pierre returns to the filmography of Gilles Carle. It will look at 30 years of documentary work, from Sunday in America (1961) to The Devil in America (1991).