Jake Whallach

Indigenous rising star Joshua Odjick is of Algonquin-Anishinabe/Cree heritage and comes from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nations Community. Odjick is the 2022 Canadian Screen Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor in the independent film Wildhood, which premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, among many other festivals. He was also awarded Best Supporting Actor from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle (2022). He appears in a major role in Bones of Crows, which premiered at TIFF 2022. Most recently, Odjick acted alongside Britt Lower in the feature The Incident Report, and he will soon commence filming a lead role in a yet to be announced feature film. Odjick landed his first series regular role in the Canadian television series Unsettled and has since worked on the award-winning feature film Bootlegger and several shows, including Little Bird, Three Pines, Pour Toi Flora, Tom Longboat and most prominently, the international series The Swarm, an ecological thriller from Primetime Emmy Award-winning television producer Frank Doelger (Game of Thrones), which will premiere at Berlinale 2023. Industry professionals have found that Odjick possesses a deep presence that is rare in an actor, going so far as to dub him the "Native Brando." Having grown up on a reserve with relatives who are survivors of residential/day schools, his work has an authenticity that reveals a beautiful juxtaposition of the love, vulnerability, and brokenness of his characters. Odjick approaches everything from a place of Spirit. He holds a powerful connection with his creator, his guardians, and the land with all the beautiful creatures who inhabit it. Odjick is grateful for the opportunity to have a platform to tell the stories, teachings, and traditions of his people.