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

Biography

Cree from Attawapiskat First Nation, she was born in Moose Factory, Ontario; raised by her Cree grandparents in Moosonee, and her mother. She completed graduate school at Ryerson University where she was awarded the Award of Distinction, and the Ryerson Gold Medal for academic achievement. During her Masters, she completed her documentary Remembering Inninimowin about a journey of remembering. Jules was also one of six women selected for the Women in the Director’s Chair program; she directed a scene from her screenplay Broken Angel. Jules is now in post-production of her series AskiBOYZ for APTN, about two urban Cree youth going back to the basics.

She graduated from Concordia University’s Fine Arts Program with a Major in Theatre, and since has completed several arts related programs; she was nominated and won the Peter Gerretsen Film Awards for Screenwriting. With a number of published works, short films, and two feature length screenplays, she’s been successful. Some of her other credits include (2) seasons as a co-host of Cooking with the Wolfman and theatre productions of her own work Asivak’s Creation Story, Earth Whispers and The White Spider Woman. 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. She’s working on manuscripts: Reclaiming Matriarchy: Red Path, and her novels Pray Without Medicines and Soul Kept. Jules’ company VisJuelles Productions Inc. has a number of television and film projects in development. Her latest, Red Barz is about the incarceration of Indigenous women in Canada with Shaw. She has been working within the Indigenous community for many years servicing Indigenous women and children who face barriers. She hopes to continue bringing light to social 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