In Anishinaabemowin, the word for movie theatre is mazinaatesijigan, which comes from the root for the word pictograph, mazinapikiniganan.

Indigenous Program Committee

The Aron Theatre Co-op in Campbellford, Ontario (Williams Treaty territory), is establishing an Indigenous Program Committee to generate opportunities and ideas to support, activate and advance Indigenous film, art and culture in the region.

We’re looking for 3-4 energetic individuals to join founding committee member, Hayden King, and support/facilitator, Heidi Schaeffer, to make the Aron a vibrant home for Indigenous creative activity.

What can you expect?

•    A one-year commitment; 
•    Monthly meetings, in-person at the Aron but by Zoom if required;
•    An honorarium for participation;
•    A space of Indigenous collaboration and self-determination;

Some ideas and initiatives that have inspired us so far:

The Indigenous Routes Collective and imagineNative’s Indigital Youth Collective; The American Indian Film Institute and Bawaadan Collective’s Next Wave; Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival and The Dead North Film Festival; Treaty Talks NWT and the Edmonton Public Library’s Mâmawô ayâwi; The Indigenous Screen Office’s Watch Indigenous and the NFB’s Indigenous Cinema.

If you’d like to join the Committee, please email Heidi ( a resume, a roughly 200-word statement of interest, and the contact information of a reference who can identify you as a First Nation (status or non-status), Inuk or Metis community member. 

Deadline: August 31, 2022.


The Aron Theatre: The Aron Theatre Co-op is a not-for-profit business owned and controlled by its 500 members. Co-op members participate actively in organizing and successfully running artistic and cultural events. The Aron operates with a triple bottom line, ensuring financial viability, community responsibility, and environmental stewardship.

Hayden King: Is Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation (with roots at Alderville First Nation). Hayden is the Executive Director at Yellowhead Institute, the co-founder of Ogimaa Mikana, an editorial board member of Zaagigin, and has been involved in Indigenous art and film for over a decade. Hayden lives with his family in Warkworth. 

Heidi Schaeffer: Heidi is a health equity and community wellbeing activist with a master’s in transformative adult learning. She is the founder of Advancing Change Together (ACT) consulting. ACT supports groups, organizations, networks and community initiatives to work better together. She leads community engagement initiatives at the Aron Theatre Co-op. Heidi moved with her young family to a reforested farm north of Campbellford in 1997.