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Kerry Swanson

Kerry Swanson

CEO, Indigenous Screen Office

Kerry Swanson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), an independent funding organization serving First Nations, Inuit and Métis screen-based storytellers across Canada.

She is a co-founder of Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival, a celebrated multi-platform biennial event in Toronto, where she now serves as advisor.  For over a decade, she helped build the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content, serving as Executive Director and later as Board Chair. Kerry is a member of the Board of Directors and Indigenous Steering Council for Forge Project, an exciting new space for Indigenous creative experimentation in upstate New York.

She sits on advisory committees for the City of Toronto and the Toronto International Film Festival. Kerry has a Master of Communications and Culture from Toronto Metropolitan University.

Kerry was born and raised in Treaty 9 territory in a Cree/Ojibwe/Irish and French family. She is a citizen of Michipicoten First Nation with familial ties to Chapleau Cree First Nation.