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imagine, engage, transform a vision; a plan; a manifesto

2013 2018 “in dreams begin responsibility.” – Delmore Schwartz


table of contents

introduction — 03 —


objectiVE 1:

objectiVE 4:

to further the NFB’s global leadership in creativity and innovation throughout all its activities.

to transform the organizational structure into a fluid, dynamic, evolving organism that enhances its ability to work and create differently.

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objectiVE 2: CORE VALUES — 05 —


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to increase the presence, awareness and impact OF THE NFB’S WORKS by enhancing meaningful relationships with canadians and world audiences.

objectiVE 3: — 24 —

to strengthen and grow the NFB’s financial capacity over the long term by developing a new economic model and new business opportunities.

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objectiVE 5: — 31 —

to redefine the nature and purpose of the public sphere for the 21st century.

3 Implicit within the legislation are four fundamental principles that can trace their roots back into the founding and subsequent structure of Canada. They are that: 1. for all the centripetal forces of geography, regional differences, language differences, the divides of rural and urban, north and south, and so on, there is an indivisible unity that binds all Canadians together in the idea of Canada;

introduction Our Strategic Plan must be anchored in our mission and be clear about why the NFB exists and why Canadians should continue to pay for the institution. The NFB’s mission takes its starting point in the enabling legislation. The legislation is simple and to the point: the NFB exists to reflect Canada to Canadians and the world. Like any foundational text it is subject to exegesis and interpretation, the latter guided by the lived history of the institution in its relationship to Canadians and the world.

“The important thing is point of view… Our role is to provide a point of view on how the world works and how it’s changing, to react fairly quickly so we can play a major role in this evolution. The challenge is to continue to bring people together through what we do.” — Minutes of in-house Strategic Plan working group meeting

2. this unity requires a multifarious exchange amongst and across all the diverse populations of that idea called Canada; 3. the idea of Canada and its unity must find its most characteristic expression in the public sphere given form by this public institution; 4. the Canadian unity is strengthened when projected out into the world and reflected back from the world into Canada. These principles are important, for they draw the contours within which we must work (what philosopher Charles Taylor has called the “horizons of significance”) and suggest the possibilities for an ongoing relevance when, on the face of it, the reflection of Canada is widely mirrored within the audiovisual industry and, in the digital era, in a host of other ways that do not require mediation. Based on the above, we can make a number of claims for the NFB: a. The NFB must embody the idea of Canada and its essential unity in its structure and in its works;

b. The job of the NFB is to engage with and explore the potentialities of the idea of Canada and, consequently, who we are as Canadians; c. The idea of Canada is not fixed; it is a dynamic and constantly evolving one in which the NFB plays a crucial role by laying out and testing the imaginative possibilities of that idea through works of the imagination; d. Where we differ from all other organizations, private or public, who do “reflect Canada to Canadians,” is our ability and necessity to operate at the margins and the leading edges, where defining change happens, uncertainty is greatest and the mainstream is least able to operate; e. We embody the idea