About Indigenous Media & Culture Innovations

Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations (ICMI) was founded with the goal of preserving and sharing Indigenous cultures through artistic expression and multimedia initiatives. Since its inception, ICMI has expanded its reach to several Indigenous communities in Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and continues to explore the latest innovations in technology for opportunities and challenges in the context of Indigenous culture, art and creativity.

ICMI’s Past

Since 2004 ICMI has offered programming in multimedia training initiatives, music, performance, dance, visual arts, and land-based cultural camps. We value the strength of community and continue to strive towards creating a more equitable and empowering future for Indigenous people and artists.

ICMI’s Future

We envision a world where Indigenous peoples are empowered to preserve, revitalize and share their cultures through showcasing artistic talent and the latest technological advances in the media arts. We are committed to creating equitable access to the necessary digital tools, training and resources that support the artistic expression and cultural preservation of Indigenous peoples. 

Our Team

For over 20 years we have been privileged to work with many creative and brilliant people. Our team remains driven by a passion for Indigenous arts and culture and a commitment to advancing Indigenous communities.

Monique Manatch

Monique Manatch is a Knowledge Keeper and member of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. Currently, Monique is a student at Carleton University taking a doctorate program in Anthropology focusing on the impact, use and creation of digital arts in the Indigenous community. Her Master’s Degree is in Indigenous and Canadian Studies with a specialty in Digital Humanities. Monique also holds a post- graduate diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration.

In 2004, Monique became founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations (www.icmi.ca). ICMI is dedicated skills development of Indigenous women and youth through the production media and arts. Monique has facilitated Indigenous artists and community members throughout Ontario and Quebec.

Over the past 20 years Monique has produced several video documentaries about Indigenous issues. Monique also facilitated the production of videos and community radio programming with women and youth from Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg, Barriere Lake, Moose Factory and the Indigenous community in Ottawa.

Tyler Compton

Tyler Compton is a skilled graphic designer, web developer, and video producer based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Tyler's journey in the creative industry has taken him through years of experience and a variety of projects, including graphic design, video production, and web development.

Tyler's passion for creating visually captivating pieces is matched only by his love for storytelling. He takes great pride in his ability to convey messages through his art, exploring the many ways in which images and words can work together to tell a story.

Born an Ojibwe from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tyler brings a unique perspective and sense of cultural awareness to his work. Through his role with ICMI, Tyler has been able to collaborate with Indigenous Cultures & Media Innovations for over 10 years, honing his craft and developing his skills.

Anyse Ducharme

Anyse Ducharme (elle | she | her) is a franco-ontarian (fr | en) media artist, curator, teacher + co-conspirator from northeastern Ontario, Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory.

Her artistic production locates itself in an opposition (from within) to digital colonialism through small, sometimes subversive acts: glitching images with internet comments; dismantling assumptions of transparency that are both promoted and compromised by the ways in which knowledge is increasingly organized in the era of the computer; and by exploring the malleability of data through the transformation of information into various representational states.

Her work has been exhibited at Flux Gallery - AceArt Inc (Winnipeg), Gallery 44 (Toronto), la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury), InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre (Toronto) and as part of the Flash Forward festival for emergent photography (Toronto, Boston, Portland). Her most recent work “I’ve swear ive followed the instruction but my heart can’t close” is for sale with Printed Matter, Inc. (NYC)

Ducharme has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, un Baccalauréat en Arts Visuels from the University of Ottawa and a college diploma in 3D Animation from La Cité collégiale.