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DOC Institute says Michelle Latimer will return its Vanguard award

David Mate, The Canadian PressPublished Wednesday, December 23, 2020 1:35PM EST
TORONTO – The Documentary Organization of Canada says filmmaker Michelle Latimer has agreed to return an award presented to her earlier this month.
The organization says it requested Latimer relinquish its BMO-DOC Vanguard Award after her claims of Indigenous identity were called into question the previous week.
The DOC Institute bestows its Vanguard award on a mid-career filmmaker who “embodies creativity, social consciousness and leadership.” The award included $40,000 of in-kind production services and a $1,000 cash prize.
As lately as a few weeks ago, Latimer was regarded as one of this year’s breakout Canadian filmmakers, partly on the rise of “Inconvenient Indian,” a documentary that won two awards at the Toronto Global Film Festival in September.
But a recent CBC investigation challenged Latimer’s claims she was of Algonquin, Metis, and French heritage, from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Maniwaki area in Quebec, and ……

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