Annual General Meeting Report

The Alliance of Aboriginal Media Professionals held its first Annual General Meeting on October 16th in Toronto. We’d like to thank the members who attended the meeting in person or by phone.

AAMP’s interim board of directors was made up of members who volunteered to serve during the first eight months of AAMP’s existence. The new AAMP board is made up of five members from the interim board — Jason Brennan, Greg Coyes, Ralph Brown, Amos Scott and Barbara Hager — and a new director, Charles Clement. Many thanks to Tina Keeper for serving on the interim board. We still need a director from Nunavut and the Maritime provinces and a representative of the associate members (creative, craft and technical members). If you are interested in being considered for one of these three positions, please contact the board of directors via email by November 15, 2013.

In order to cover the costs of operating a not-for-profit organization, it was necessary to establish annual membership fees (which will become due on January 1, 2014). The annual fees — $100 for voting members and $50 for associate members — are reasonable for a professional association. We will also begin fundraising for special initiatives. We appreciate the contributions that our members make to the organization — as volunteers and through membership fees. This support ensures that we can continue providing advocacy support and communication services for our members.

AAMP ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING                                                                                                     October 16, 2013

SUMMARY OF RESOLUTIONS

By-Laws: Standard Canadian non-profit by-laws adopted

Board of Directors: Minimum of 5 and maximum of 9 members

Membership Categories: 

• Voting Members – Inuit, Metis or First Nations producer with at least one production receiving CMF, Telefilm funding or with a broadcast license or distribution deal.

• Associate Members (Non-Voting) – Inuit, Metis or First Nations film, television or digital media professional other than a producer (crafts, writers, directors, students, technicians).

Membership Fees: 

Voting Members – $100 per year

Associate Members/Students/Emerging – $50 per year

Friends of AAMP: Broadcaster and Funding Agencies – $1,000 per yea

Board of Directors Composition:

The 9-member board will be made up of members that represent the following regions:

BC/Alberta – 2 positions

Saskatchewan/Manitoba – 1 position

Nunavut – 1 position

NWT/Yukon – 1 position

Quebec – 1

Ontario – 1

Maritimes – 1

Representative of the Associate (non-voting) members – 1

Term for Board Members:

Board terms are two (2) years. A member is limited to three consecutive two-year terms.

Mission Statement:

The Alliance of Aboriginal Media Professionals (AAMP) is an association of Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Metis producers, directors, writers and other professionals who work in the television, film and digital media industries. AAMP advocates on behalf of its members for an equitable share of funding from government agencies and access to Canadian audiences for Aboriginal-produced and owned content.

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