Coleen Rajotte [B.A. Advanced 1989]

Coleen Rajotte

Filmmaker, Journalist, Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, CEO of Vitality Television Inc.

What inspires you?
I am inspired when someone tells me that my documentary work has educated them in some way. My documentary work is focused on social issues and I make a concerted effort to put into context how colonization continues to impact our communities. I am also inspired by the strength of fellow adoptees who were adopted to Non-Indigenous homes in the 60s, 70s and early 80s. I was one of them and I recently co-chaired a roundtable discussion with fellow adoptees about this issue. Their stories of survival and the need for more education on the 60s scoop is what inspires me to get up every day.

What is your advice to current Indigenous university students and the 2014 Indigenous graduates of the University of Manitoba?
I would advise all graduates to start networking now! Reach out to mentors for advice and career planning advice. Believe in yourself and never get discouraged.

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