MA in Documentary Media Program, Ryerson University (2011)
BA in Fine Arts, Major Theatre Program, Concordia University (1996)

Biography

Cree from Moshkekowok territory, and a member of Attawapiskat First Nation, Jules was born in Moose Factory, Ontario where she was raised by her Cree grandparents, as well as with her mother in Ottawa. In 2010, she completed graduate school at Ryerson University in Documentary Media where she was awarded an Award of Distinction and an Academic Gold Medal for her thesis documentary film Remembering Inninimowin. She is a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC. Her educational endeavour and media arts practice address environmental and Indigenous issues. Over the years, she has obtained grants from Arts Councils for her works: Words for my Daughters, Alive with Breath, and Broken Angel, which won Best Fresh Voice at the Female Eye Film Festival. Jules’ company VisJuelles Productions Inc. has several projects in development, and her co-produced television series AskiBOYZ is currently airing on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. She has a number of media works, such as Niso Kakstesinowin (2011), Alive with Breath (2012), NiiPii (2012), PLACEnta (2014), Without Words (2015) and her latest documentaries NiiSoTeWak (2017), Butterfly Monument: A Tribute to Shannen Koostachin (2017), and APishKweShiMon (2017) have been released this year. She has been working within Indigenous communities for many years supporting Indigenous families, and she hopes to continue shedding light on socio-political issues that urban and rural Indigenous peoples face.

Research

My dissertation will examine the practices and methodologies of indigenous women creating digital stories from the margins of society. I will first link my own research and scholarly interests to my proposed area of study, then briefly outline connections to current research in this area and finally outline my own professional experience and expertise. My intent is to identify and gain a deeper understanding of social obstacles and possibilities indigenous women encounter in the practice of digital storytelling. Indigenous women who practice digital storytelling are confronted with an adverse identity formation constructed by mainstream media evoking a critical response from an evolving audience of viewers, listeners and makers. As we have come to understand mainstream media tends to fabricate damaging ideas and/or ideologies of indigenous woman thus leaving little to no space for an authentic indigenous voice.   My methodology is informed by an indigenous epistemology where I will ensure that the knowledge gained during this process of discovery is disseminated responsibly in regards to customary practices and value frameworks of indigenous peoples, more specifically the Inninuwak of Mushkegowuk territory in northern Ontario in which I am affiliated. There are many aspects to my research goals, one being to focus on indigenous women currently working both from the margins of society and within mainstream, yet serve to be agents of change.

Selected Publications

2012, Remembering Inninimowin, Canadian Journal of Law and Society – Master thesis related

2011, God and Me & Cocoom, The Willow’s Whisper, Waterford, Ireland – poetry

2011, Winter of Black Wiyas, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, U of Arizona – poetry

2009, Birch Talking, Photographic Memoir, Blurb Publishing – Masters related

2008, Asivak’s Creation Story, Footpaths & Bridges – Short play

UBC Aboriginal Scholarship
Belize International Film Festival, Best Documentary
Ryerson University Award of Distinction
Ryerson University Gold Medal for Academic Achievement
Ontario Arts Council, Writers Award
National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Fine Arts Recipient Award
Female Eye Film Festival, Best Fresh Voice Screenplay Award
National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Fine Arts Recipient Award
Ontario Arts Council, Career Development and Mentorship Award