imagineNATIVE film festival


Metrolinx honours heritage during National Indigenous History Month

This month, we're celebrating Indigenous storytelling on GO Wi-Fi Plus

Jun 4, 2024

June marks National Indigenous History Month in Canada and Metrolinx has partnered with the imagineNATIVE Film Festival to curate a dedicated collection of work featured on GO Wi-Fi Plus. 

The imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival is the largest presenter of Indigenous screen content in the world, showcasing work by Indigenous artists of all levels of experience, from across the world. 

You can find the collection now on GO Wi-Fi Plus, available on every GO Transit vehicle. It’s our onboard Wi-Fi service that offers unlimited free access to movies, shows, eBooks and more – on top of doing everything you expect Wi-Fi to do. 

Metrolinx is partnering with the imagineNATIVE Film Festival to help build a platform of storytelling for National Indigenous History Month. (imagineNATIVE photo)

Heritage of storytelling 

Storytelling is one of the backbones of Indigenous history and culture, and long served as one of the primary methods in recorded history. The imagineNATIVE Film Festival aims to foster a culture of warmth, kindness and inspiration to provide Indigenous artists with a space to share their vision.  

It was only in recent years that Canada marked its first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, highlighting the need for a better understanding of Indigenous history and stories. 

Metrolinx’s Wi-Fi product owner Rick Mak is part of the team that curates content for GO Wi-Fi Plus, and says this partnership is part of an important and significant journey.  

“I’ve been trying to find content that both speaks to and supports various under-served and marginalized groups, whether that’s LGBTQ+, Indigenous, or Asian communities,” Mak said. 

“I think we can all benefit to learn more about the native people to this land, and their stories. I’m so very thrilled that I can help support imagineNATIVE by featuring a collection of their films on GO Wi-Fi Plus.” 

Representation Matters

Go Wi-Fi Plus is working with the Reel Asian Film Festival for a curated collection of short films

Metrolinx and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival have partnered to present the Voices in Motion collection, now on GO Wi-Fi Plus. (Metrolinx image)

Mak also plays an active role in promoting Metrolinx’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, serving as a committee member. 

In May, he worked with his team to both spotlight and uplift Asian-Canadian artists for Asian Heritage Month with the Voices in Motion collection on Go Wi-Fi Plus. 

The collection was hand-picked in partnership with the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s Unsung Voices program, providing emerging artists with a chance to tell their stories with guidance from industry professionals. 

GO Wi-Fi Plus will be hosting the Voices in Motion collection until May 2025. 

Mak is of Cantonese background himself, growing up in a predominantly Asian neighbourhood in Scarborough. 

What is GO Wi-Fi Plus? 

GO Wi-Fi Plus is your gateway to hundreds of free shows, music, podcasts eBooks and more to enjoy during your commute. Best of all, it’s completely free when you’re taking the GO Train or GO Bus! 

Simply connect to the GO Plus Wi-Fi network, head to and enjoy everything the portal has to offer, including our Voices in Motion collection. 

You can also sign in using your email address and enjoy 200MB of free data for scrolling memes, social media, messaging and more. Streaming content from the entertainment portal will not impact your data allotment.  

Go Wi-Fi Plus is present on all GO trains and buses and works with both Android and Apple devices. 

Read more about GO Wi-Fi Plus, and our other connectivity offerings across the Metrolinx network. 

by Shane Kalicharan Metrolinx editorial content advisor