Today, local filmmaker Steve Sxwithul’txw will be putting forth a proposal to the Victoria city council to establish the first ever Indigenous Walk of Fame.
According to a CBC report, Sxwithul’txw aims to highlight the contributions of indigenous actors and storytellers to the film industry – something that has never been done before.
Based out of Victoria, Sxwithul’txw has been in the industry for 10 years and is the founder of Kwassen Productions (2009). He has also produced two Leo Award winning programs, Warrior Games and Tribal Police Files.
His idea is based on the fact that there is currently little to no acknowledgement of Indigenous people in the film industry.
In particular, the only Aboriginal name he came across on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame was that of Jay Silverheel, who played Tonto in the Lone Ranger TV series.
He aims to not only bring attention to the achievements of Indigenous people in the film and television industry, but also to encourage future generations interested in acting and storytelling.