Artist

Jules Koostachin

Born in Moose Factory Ontario, Jules was raised by her Cree speaking grandparents in Moosonee, and also with her mother in Ottawa, a survivor of the Canadian Residential school system. Jules is a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, Moshkekowok territory, and she currently resides in Vancouver. She is a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice with the University of British Columbia – her research focus is Indigenous documentary. In 2010, she completed graduate school at Ryerson University in Documentary Media where she was awarded the Award of Distinction for her thesis work, as well as the Graduate Ryerson Gold Medal for highest academic achievement. While pursuing her Masters, Jules finished her first feature length documentary film, Remembering Inninimowin about her journey of remembering Cree. After graduation, Jules was one of six women selected for the Women in the Directors Chair program at the Banff Center in Alberta, where she directed a scene from her feature script Broken Angel, currently in development. Jules’ television series AskiBOYZ (2016) co-produced with Big Soul Production about two urban Cree youth reconnecting with the land is currently being aired on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Over the years, Jules has established herself within the film and television community, her company VisJuelles Productions Inc. has a number of films and other media works in development. In 2017, she released her short documentary
NiiSoTeWak with CBC Short Docs and also The Butterfly Monument with her co-director/producer Rick Miller. Jules was also the 2017 Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence with the Vancouver Public Library. In the spring, Planet In Focus invited Jules as the lead filmmaker to work with Cree youth in Attawapiskat First Nation where they made over twenty films. She’s presently working on a book of poetry entitled Unearthing of Secrets, as well as manuscripts Soul Kept and Moccasin Souls about intergenerational resilience. Jules has worked in the Indigenous community in several capacities providing support to Indigenous women and children who face barriers; these community experiences continue to feed her arts practice.

Videography

APishKweShiMon

2017, 10:50 minutes, colour, English

Butterfly Monument: A tribute to Shannen Koostachin

2017, 28:40 minutes, colour, English

Without Words

2015, 16:30 minutes, colour, English

NiiPii (Water)

2012, 06:20 minutes, colour, English

Niso Kakastesinowin (Two Reflections)

2011, 02:30 minutes, colour, Cree/English

Remembering Inninimowin

2010, 76:00 minutes, colour, English/Cree with English Subtitles