Production team

The core creative and production team for The Unforgotten, led by BUILD. Films and Networked Health, is comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians, poets, artists, physicians and filmmakers. The product of their collaboration is a harmonious effort to honour the stories of courageous people who were failed by the health care system, in the hope that it will contribute to meaningful change.

Dr. Ewan Affleck

Executive producer | Writer | Director

Ewan Affleck was born and raised in Montreal in an eclectic home where creative freedom was treasured. A graduate of the McGill School of Medicine and Dalhousie University, where he studied history, he has lived and worked in northern Canada since 1992. A nationally recognized digital health informatics expert, he lectures widely on topics such as virtual care and artificial intelligence and balances work in digital health policy with a part-time clinical practice. In 2013, Ewan was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contribution to northern health care. The Unforgotten is Ewan’s first effort as a film producer and writer. He treasures his family, and in his spare time you can find him where he finds peace — on the land.

Christopher Paetkau

Director | Producer | Writer | Director of photography

Christopher Paetkau was born and fed a Mennonite in Manitoba. He’s a filmmaker and the co-founder of BUILD., a company that produces and distributes dynamic content. He has documented the world’s most endangered marine mammal for Discovery Channel, navigated through the Northwest Passage on an icebreaker and moonlights as an Arctic wildlife cinematographer for brands like National Geographic and Smithsonian. When he’s not swimming with whales or walking with polar bears, he’s a dad to a daughter and son who’ve taught him more about the inherent spark and spirit of being a rookie at life than he ever thought possible.

Chloe Ross-Rogerson

Producer | Production manager | Director | Writer

Chloe Ross-Rogerson is a producer at BUILD., currently residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg, where she studied politics, and Red River College, where she studied communications and media production. After years of working in a variety of roles, she found her fit in producing. She’s drawn to working on productions that tell inspiring stories in impactful ways.

Adam Gualtieri

Editor | Director of photography |Sound Editor | Animator | Director | Writer

Adam Gualtieri is a filmmaker living in Manitoba. He graduated from Toronto’s Ryerson University with a degree in media production. Adam has worked as a director of photography and lead editor on an array of documentaries and commercial content. After completing a documentary exhibition to honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S), Adam discovered a deeper purpose in filmmaking. He sought out the patient insight and wisdom of Indigenous Elders and leaders, under whose guidance he spent summers on the prairies with medicine pickers and frigid winters with water protectors to complete a series of internationally recognized documentaries that were conceived, produced and rooted in Indigenous tradition.

Stephen Gladue

Creative director | Animator | Writer

Stephen Gladue was born and raised on the Fishing Lake Métis Settlement in Alberta. Classically and technically trained at some of the best art schools in Canada, Stephen has made it his mission to contribute to the advancement of Indigenous arts and has become one of western Canada’s most sought-after Indigenous content creators. Now located in Vancouver, British Columbia, he specializes in animation and visual effects for film, television and games. His work has been profiled by the CBC, graffiti arts magazines and a variety of other print and digital publications.

Leela Gilday

Music director

Leela Gilday is a celebrated musician, songwriter, singer, guitarist, composer and creator from Denendeh. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she writes about the people and the land that created her — of love, life, a rugged environment and vibrant culture. Her music has been recognized with many awards, including a Juno, and she has toured nationally and internationally for the better part of 25 years. She is the musical director for the Arctic Inspiration Prize Ceremony (2018–2021). As a music supervisor, she curates and licenses Indigenous music for Indigenous film, television and podcasts.

Dr. Alika Lafontaine

Senior project advisor

Dr. Alika Lafontaine is an award-winning Indigenous physician of Cree, Anishinaabe, Metis and Pacific Islander descent. He is past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the first Indigenous physician listed on the Medical Post 50 Most Powerful Canadian Doctors, and in 2021 was listed #15 on the Medical Post top 30 most influential Canadian physicians. Active in leadership and advocacy across medicine, Dr. Lafontaine is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert on Indigenous health systems and health policy, institutional bias, racism and reflective practice. In 2021 he was elected nominee for Canadian Medical Association President-elect, making him the first Indigenous nominee in the CMA’s history.

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Poet

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is a kalaaleq (Greenlandic Inuk) performance artist, poet, actor, curator, storyteller and writer. She is known for performing uaajeerneq, a Greenlandic mask dance. She performs internationally, collaborates with other artists and is a fierce advocate for Inuit artists. She lives in Iqaluit with her husband and three children.

Catherine Vu

Animator

Catherine Vu is a multidisciplinary artist living in the suburbs of Toronto. She works as a freelancer in animation, illustration and graphic design. Catherine holds a degree in film animation from Concordia University. Having developed a love for cinema and visual storytelling at a young age, she also dedicates part of her time to teach art classes to children and youth in her community.

Jennifer Podemski

Creative director

Jennifer Podemski is an actor and film and television producer of mixed First Nations and Israeli descent and was born and raised in Toronto. At age 25, Jennifer opened her first production company, Big Soul Productions, the first Aboriginal owned and operated, full-service production company in Canada. She later founded Redcloud Studios Inc. and had a starring role in Empire of Dirt, a film she produced.

Jennifer is the creator and producer of The Other Side and is the co-executive producer and creative director of the Indspire Awards. More recently, Jennifer starred as Dr. Crowshoe on the award-winning drama series Blackstone, on HBO’s Sensitive Skin with Kim Cattrall and in FireSong.

Credits

Featuring

Morningstar Mercredi
Sonny MacDonald
Akutaq Williamson Bathory
Makpa Otak
Jeannie Arreak-Kullualik
Leetia Eegeesiak
Stephen Gladue
Stella Blackbird
Audrey Bone
Rainbow Chartrand
Candace Demeria

A special thanks to those who shared stories

Morningstar Mercredi
Sonny MacDonald
Audrey Bone
Stella Blackbird
Rainbow Chartrand
Candace Demeria

Knowledge holders and subject matter experts

Alika Lafontaine
Aluki Kotierk
Marie Wilson

Nunavut production unit

Jamie Griffiths from Chickweed Arts
Rico Manitok
Thibaut Larquey
Jimmy Qaunirq
Jovan Simic

Special thanks

Helen MacDonald and family
Robert Sinclair and family
Vilko Zbogar
Steve Loney
Karen Blondin Hall
Janelle Bruneau
Dana Francey
Loren McGinnis
Shooters Productions
Raw rental house
MidCan Productions
KTR Investments Limited
Canadian Medical Association team