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Michelle Latimer says she is stepping down from the second season of CBC’s indigenous TV series “Trickster”, which she co-designed and directed

The Thunder Bay, Ont, grew up filmmaker says she quits production “with a heavy heart” after seeking advice on concerns about the accuracy of her alleged indigenous ancestry

Latimer posted a Facebook message on Monday: “I’ve listened to my community and I believe that stepping down from production is the appropriate course of action”

The decision comes towards the end of a whirlwind year when Latimer’s star rose in the context of a voice for indigenous creators

She praised “Trickster” with an indigenous cast and crew, while her documentary “Inconvenient Indian” won two awards at the Toronto International Film Festival in September

Latimer previously said she was from Algonquin, Métis and France, the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Maniwaki areas of Quebec, but a CBC investigation last week challenged those claims

On Thursday, Latimer wrote that she “made a mistake” naming Kitigan Zibi as her family’s community before checking the link, saying she reached out to elders and community historians for guidance and validation

“I stand by myself and my family’s history, but I also understand what is being asked of me,” said Latimer in her Facebook post on Monday

“I acknowledge my responsibility to be accountable to the community and my fellow artists, and that is why I made this decision. It is an honor to have worked for the last three years to bring this story to screen” she added

“Trickster” is based on a series of novels by Eden Robinson that tell the story of a teenager from Kitimat B. Who discovers that he has magical powers that have been passed down through generations

Robinson made her own statement on Facebook Monday saying she was “so embarrassed” and “feels like a scammer” about the latest developments

“I don’t know how to deal with anger, disappointment and stress. As miserable as this moment is, I would rather know the truth,” she wrote

“Hold me accountable,” she continued. “In the future, I will donate all further authoring fees from the” Trickster “series to the Haisla Language Authority to preserve the Haisla language. I don’t know how to walk in the world without my people, and I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t understand what we have ”

In a statement, CBC admitted that recent developments have affected everyone associated with the show, as well as many indigenous communities

The CBC said it will work with production company Sienna Films to “determine the future of Trickster”

“Regardless of the outcome of these discussions, CBC’s commitment to telling indigenous stories with the many creative indigenous storytellers will not falter,” said the broadcaster

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