Helen Haig-Brown

Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in) is an award-winning director who situates filmmaking as a process where storytelling, community, language, and ancestral knowledge are central to artistic creation and healing. Her work is broad-ranging, from intimate autobiographies to forays into Science Fiction. Her short film ?E?anx (The Cave), an adaptation of a Tsilhqot’in story was named to Canada’s Top Ten Shorts by TIFF and was an Official

Selection at Sundance Film Festival. My Legacy, her first feature documentary, focuses on the transformation and healing of intergenerational trauma to trust, worth, intimacy and love. Her work has aired on APTN, CBC, Knowledge, NITV (Australia) and has been showcased around the world at film festivals such as Berlinale, Rotterdam and Sundance. Most recently, Helen was co-director on the first Haida feature film “Sgaawaay K'uuna” (Edge of the Knife), filmed entirely in the Haida Language. This experience has strengthened her commitment to community-based creative expression and using narrative film as a vehicle for supporting Indigenous language, art and culture. Helen is a graduate of Capilano’s Indigenous Independent Digital Film Program and lives between her traditional territory in the Chilcotin and her partner’s traditional home of Haida Gwaii.

Artist Code: 773


SGAAWAAY K'UUNA, Edge of the Knife

2018, 100:00 minutes, colour, Haida, with English or French subtitles

My Legacy

2014, 60:00 minutes, Colour, English

Pelq'ilc (Coming Home)

2009, 33:00 minutes, colour, English/ Secwepemctsin


2009, 10:42 minutes, colour, Tsilhqot'in, English subtitles, Closed Captioned

Su Naa (My Big Brother)

2005, 11:27 minutes, colour, English

Helen Haig-Brown Early Works

2003, 43:57 minutes, colour, English

Tu Suhudinh

2003, 12:00 minutes, B&W, English