Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province of Canada. The land on which we are privileged to make movies and television was inhabited by the peoples referenced in the below land acknowledgment from First Light NL.
We respectfully acknowledge the land on which we gather as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, whose culture has now been erased forever. We also acknowledge the island of Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) as the unceded, traditional territory of the Beothuk and the Mi'kmaq. And we acknowledge Labrador as the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Innu of Nitassinan, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut, and the Inuit of NunatuKavut. We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. As First Peoples have done since time immemorial, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land and to respect the cultures, ceremonies, and traditions of all who call it home. As we open our hearts and minds to the past, we commit ourselves to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to make a better future for all.
Local 709 was chartered April 2, 2013 and is currently comprised of approximately 250 Motion Picture, Stage & Audio Visual Technicians and Theatrical Cinema Employees in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
IATSE Local 709 Motion Picture departments are non-seniority-based. We are, instead, based on a structure similar to that of an arts guild, allowing us to match our members' individual talents with the requirements of the job. The Motion Picture departments include but are not limited to:
IATSE Local 709 Stage & Audio Visual departments include but are not limited to:
Business Agent - Natasha Jeffery
President - Andrew Best
Vice President - Melanie Mooney
Secretary - Zoe Dempster
Treasurer - Lori van Thiel
Member At Large Film - Liam Small
Member At Large Stage - Victor Tilley