Tina Keeper

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Tina Keeper (born Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Winnipeg-based media producer, actress and former Canadian Member of Parliament. She is currently President of Kistikan Pictures, a partner company to Buffalo Gal Pictures.

As an actor, she is best known for her work on the Alberta-filmed, long-running CBC series North of 60, which aired from 1992 to 1997 and which was followed by a series of TV movies broadcast between 1999 and 2005.

Keeper was elected in the 2006 Canadian election as the Liberal Party Member of Parliament for Churchill, a Manitoba riding. 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.

She has a BA Theatre from the University of Winnipeg and has trained at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, the Banff Centre and the Sundance Institute.

Keeper currently serves as a trustee of the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation, is a member of the Manitoba Hydro board, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet board, Onscreen Manitoba Board, and the advisory Committee to Urban Shaman Gallery, is a member of the Order of Manitoba, and Canadians for a New Partnership. She is also a recipient of an Aboriginal Achievement Award, a Gemini Award and a 2014 Canadian Civil Liberties Association award for Public Engagement.

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. 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.


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