Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson is an award-winning Anishinaabe filmmaker with over 10 years’ experience, largely in documentary film, including the acclaimed short Suckerfish, as well as the TV one-hour documentaries Reservation Soldiers (2007) for CTV and How a People Live which aired on CBC in 2014 and told the story of the 1964 forced government relocation of BC’s Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation. 

Her work has played at festivals internationally including SXSW, Berlinale, London BFI, and Margaret Mead, and aired on CBC, CTV, APTN, TMN, Knowledge, Bravo and SCN.  Lisa expanded into fiction with her short film
Savage, which won a 2010 Genie award. She is also known for her artful shorts, including Snare, a striking performance-based film on the issue of violence against Indigenous women; Parkdale, a beautiful and gritty look inner city life and foster care; and the playful but profound short documentary animation The Visit, on a Cree family’s encounter with a UFO. In 2012 Playback Magazine named her one of “10 to Watch” and the ReelWorld Festival named her a Trailblazer.  

Lisa’s films are used extensively in community and educational settings and in 2013
Hidden Legacies, a documentary on the intergenerational effects of residential school, screened at several Truth and Reconciliation Commission events including opening the educational day in Vancouver, playing to an audience of over 5,000 students.
In the summer of 2015, Lisa directed the drama sequences for the Canadian-German (APTN/ZDF) 8-part docudrama series 
1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, based on the best-selling book by Charles C. Mann. Lisa has completed the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab, has a BFA in Film Production from SFU, and is currently completing her MFA in Film Production at York University.



2013, 03:30 minutes, colour, English


2009, 06:00 minutes, colour, Cree with English subtitles


2004, 08:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Outer Worlds
by Jesse Cumming. Canadian Art, May 23, 2019.
New Vistas? Aboriginal animations and digital dreams at the...
by Jennifer Gauthier. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 2014, v. 28, no. 4.
Natives bring culture to the city: Aboriginal arts from around the...
by Susan Walker. The Toronto Star, Oct. 20 Fall, 2004.
Toward an Indigenous Feminine Animation Aesthetic
by Channette Romero. Studies in American Indian Literatures, Spring 1, v. 29. University of Nebraska Press, 1.
Filming Your Family's Past
by Lisa Charleyboy.