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Lenard's a community activist in Winnipeg who I've known for a long time. He's got incredible visions for the future of our people, and works towards them with projects directly impacting the here and now. Lenard himself grew up in the North End and knows what it means to struggle as an young Indigenous person. He also knows what it means to fight back and win. When you see Lenard playing ball or talking with community members, there's never any judgement from him; only empathy and respect. Now that's a leader.
Madison Thomas is a Metis filmmaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her first film "Worlds on Fire" was selected for the 2009 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival and was nominated for "Best Youth Talent." Madison has studied filmmaking at the University of Winnipeg receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 2012 and in 2011 was accepted into Prague Film School's summer program. The first Canadian to attend in five years and the first Aboriginal person to ever be accepted into the program. Madison has partnered with Canadian Cinematographer Andrew Luczenczyn and together they work under the company "Prairie Kid Productions" . Their newest shorts "The Middles", "Music of the Spheres" and "Seven Drinks" have all enjoyed festival success internationally.