Meet Keynote Kelvin Redvers
Kelvin is one of three keynote speakers being featured during the 2016-17 Student First Anti-Bullying Forum.
Kelvin Redvers is a First Nations filmmaker originally from the Northwest Territories. At age 15 he started a video production company in his hometown of Hay River. His short films made during high school went on to win awards at festivals in Canada and around the world.
He attended Simon Fraser University for film production, with continued success at film festivals, and garnered his first national TV broadcast credit at age 21. Three months after graduating, at age 23, Redvers was hired at CTV First Story, an Aboriginal current affairs show, where the first episode he produced/directed won a prestigious Jack Webster Award (the ‘Oscar’ of BC journalism). He’s won several other journalism awards since then, including a second Jack Webster Award.
His narrative short The Dancing Cop premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the Oldenburg International Film Festival as well as several other festivals. He launched the We Matter Campaign in Oct 2016 alongside his sister Tunchai, believing it was possible to bring hope and love to Indigenous youth across Canada – utilizing many of his skills in filmmaking.
He’s currently in the process of writing his first feature, in addition to continuing to build the We Matter Campaign.
In his English keynote video, Kelvin highlights the significance of hope and positivity and the importance of creating safe, positive spaces for everyone. He emphasizes that the best way to make a difference is by listening to others first, before taking action. “We have to find that balance of respect. And I think if all of us can do that we will truly change our schools, we will change our countries and we will change the world.”