Tina Keeper

Tina Keeper

Tina Keeper

Associate Producer, Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation

Tina Keeper is a Cree woman from Norway House Cree Nation, daughter of Joseph Keeper and Reverend Phyllis Keeper (née Beardy of Muskrat Dam First Nation). Keeper studied acting at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, the Banff Centre and the Sundance Film Institute, and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University of Winnipeg. She is best known for her work on the Canadian series North of 60 for which she earned a Gemini award.

Over the past 20 years, Keeper has been committed to utilizing her skills and profile to raise awareness on the issues of Aboriginal youth suicide and the Missing & Murdered Aboriginal women. The advocacy led her to a run in federal politics and she served one term as the Member of Parliament for the Churchill riding until October 2008.

In 2010, Tina Keeper and Phyllis Laing of Buffalo Gal Pictures formed Kistikan Pictures, dedicated to developing and producing film and television with Indigenous artists. Recent productions include the APTN television series Cashing In, and The REDress Project, a short documentary on the Missing Murdered Aboriginal women in Manitoba. Keeper is proud to be working with emerging and established Indigenous artists, and currently has a new teen drama series in development, and a feature film based on Joseph Boyden’s award winning novel, Through Black Spruce.

Tina is also a recipient of the Order of Manitoba and an Aboriginal Achievement Award. She is also a member of the boards of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Hydro, Onscreen Manitoba and as the Chair of the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada also named Keeper a TRC Honorary Witness at a TRC National Event in 2012.