Tina Keeper

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Tina Keeper
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Churchill
In office
Preceded by Bev Desjarlais
Succeeded by Niki Ashton
Personal details
Born (1962-03-20) March 20, 1962 (age 54)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party Manitoba NDP (2016-present)
Other political
Liberal (until at least 2008)
Spouse(s) separated
Residence Manitoba
Profession producer
Religion aboriginal

Tina Keeper, OM (born March 20, 1962), is a Cree activist, producer, actress and former member of the Canadian House of Commons.

Keeper is best known for her role as RCMP officer Michelle Kenidi in the CBC Television series North of 60, about the fictional aboriginal community of Lynx River. She also hosted a relief concert for the 1997 Manitoba flood. In 1993, she starred in the Canada Award-winning short docudrama For Angela, dramatizing Rhonda Gordon's response to racist taunting on a Winnipeg city bus.[1]

Keeper was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is the granddaughter of Olympic long distance runner Joe Keeper and daughter of Joseph I. Keeper (Norway House Cree Nation), member of the Order of Canada and the Rev. Canon Dr. Phyllis Keeper (née Beardy, Muskrat Dam First Nation). Her siblings, Joy, Lorne and Barry are involved in the arts, media and education fields. Her maternal uncle is Anglican Bishop Gordon Beardy.

Keeper is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation, and has been involved in a variety of social issues, such as suicide prevention and violence against women. She has produced initiatives in public education to build bridges between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the province of Manitoba.

She was elected in 2006 Canadian election as the Liberal Party candidate in Churchill.[2] Keeper served as the Official Opposition's Critic for Public Health and Canadian Heritage and as Special Advisor for Aboriginal Outreach in the parliament that followed.

In the 2008 Canadian election she lost her bid for reelection.[3] Currently, she is partner in a film and television company, Kistikan Pictures.

In February 2012, Keeper was appointed to the board of directors at Manitoba Hydro.[4]

In 2016, Keeper endorsed Greg Selinger and the Manitoba New Democratic Party in the run up to the Manitoba general election, 2016.[5]


  1. ^ Prouty, Daniel; Nancy Trites Botkin (1993). "For Angela". Docudrama. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  2. ^ "Actress Tina Keeper wins Churchill for Liberals". CBC News. January 24, 2006. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Conservatives maintain Prairie stronghold". CBC News. October 14, 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-10. 
  4. ^ "New appointees named to Manitoba Hydro board". www.winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Manitoba NDP - A letter from former Liberal MP Tina Keeper... Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16. 

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