Award-winning filmmaker Gil Cardinal wrote the pilot for Blackstone after gathering extensive research on the issues facing many Aboriginal communities. Since the pilot first aired on APTN, Gil has continued to contribute to the award-winning series as a writer. Gil believes Blackstone provides an opportunity for Aboriginal communities to intimately understand their own issues. Of Métis descent, the greater part of his work has related to an exploration of Aboriginal themes. Other credits include directing on Mocassin Flats, Chiefs, Mentors, and North of 60. Gil also wrote and directed Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis, Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole and Big Bear.