Chehala Leonard

Chehala Leonard is a member of the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, located near Grande Cache, Alberta, and is the founder of ᐊᐢᑭᕀ Askîy Media Inc., an Indigenous-owned production company that focuses on sharing land-based stories through film and media. She has worked as a producer on the 13-part Canadian Rockies Series and has worked on co-productions that involved pre-development, development and production with APTN. This includes producing the pilot When Spirit Comes Through in 2018 and being the executive producer for the documentary Living a Legacy. Chehala’s on-screen work includes Road Scholars, filmed in the Arctic for APTN in 2005, and The Link. She also worked as a journalist for IndigiNews. Alongside her colleagues she was a finalist for the 2020 Webster Awards for Best Community Reporting. Chehala graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies from the University of Alberta, where she also spent one year studying abroad at the University of Queensland in Australia. During her studies, she produced several short films, including Sharing Languages. She also completed a Certificate in Adventure Film from Serac Adventure Film School in Colorado.