Meet the Boys //
Asivak Abraham Koostachin
Born in Ottawa in 1994, Asivak Abraham Koostachin is the eldest of three younger brothers and is currently traveling abroad. He is of mixed ancestry, Cree from Attawapiskat First Nation and Inuk from Inuvik, North West Territories.
He attended Rosedale Heights School of the Arts in Toronto and was on the honour role for his academic achievements. He studied guitar, drama, and the technical side of theater and film production. In grade eight he booked his first national unionized commercial with Health Canada, which continues to broadcast.
Asivak was also one of the youngest of the (12) twelve National Aboriginal Role Models of Canada, with the National Aboriginal Health Organization for 2009/10. He visited Indigenous communities all over Canada inspiring youth to succeed in attaining their dreams.
In 2008, Asivak wrote an original screenplay entitled Morning Rush, which later won the Peter Gerretsen Award for Best Screenplay at Ryerson University. The broadcast rights of his film were purchased by Moviola Distributions. He enjoys writing and hopes to continue writing for film and television in the future. More recently Asivak was selected to venture with Canada World Youth where he visited Vietnam and northern British Columbia for six months. After his travels he won a scholarship to study with OUR Ecovillage in Victoria, BC.
He achieved level (3) three Cree, where he worked toward learning one of his Native languages. He strives to work within communities using media as his tool to empower Indigenous peoples economically, socially and politically by bringing important issues to the forefront from an Indigenous perspective.
Mahiigan Neel Koostachin
Born in Toronto in 1996, Mahiigan Neel Koostachin is the middle child of three brothers and currently lives in Toronto. He is of mixed ancestry, Cree from Attawapiskat First Nation and Ojibway from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island.
Mahiigan currently attends Rosedale School of the Arts where he studies drama, media and music. He has a range of interests from music, acting and sports. In grade eight, he booked his first national unionized commercial with Health Canada, like his older brother.
Mahiigan studied guitar, piano and voice at the Ontario Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He also played three years with Toronto Wildcats football league, and participates on his school wrestling, and basketball teams.
In 2008, Mahiigan starred in the short film entitled Napaw Mahiiganish distributed by Ouat Media. In the summer of 2009, he worked as a trainee-production assistant, and sound designer, as well as the camera operator for the documentary feature film Remembering Inninimowin.
He also studied up to level (3) three in the Cree language, where he is worked toward learning one of his own native languages.
Mahiigan wants to continue working in the film and television industry as an actor, but also wants to explore other avenues like Indigenous law or medicine as a potential career.