Melissa Hiebert is a local filmmaker who makes animations. Her work was found by a group in Toronto who asked her to join in an effort to make a documentary for Canada's 150 anniversary.

 In The Name Of All Canadians is the documentary premiering in Toronto June 28 produced by Hot Docs. The film consists of several different stories from Canadian history told by different filmmakers from around the country all weaved together to make one film. Of all the filmmakers involved in this film, Melissa is the only animator. 

"I'm really passionate about history. That's one of the reasons that these filmmakers hired me to work on this project."

The part of the film Hiebert worked on tells the story of when the Canadian Government was trying to anglicize Canada. According to Melissa, In the midst of the WWII era, the government banned teachers from teaching French in schools. They would send inspectors to the schools to make sure it wasn't being taught in secret, and if they found a teacher doing so, they would be penalized in some way.

"So it really was a very scary time. I was amazed that this part of history was one that I didn't know about, and then when I was talking to other people, they didn't know about either. And I'm just like, wow if that's the case for just that, what other parts of our own just Manitoban history do we not know about? So it really inspired me to want to explore more."

Hiebert hopes this documentary will be seen by as many Canadians as possible in order to start important discussion.

"I'm all about starting dialogue. If a film can start a piece of dialogue between people and get them talking and open things up and move things forward, that's why I make films. And so I'm really passionate about people wanting to look more into our history and even making more historical documentaries here in Canada."