Born in Moose Factory Ontario, Jules was raised by her Cree speaking grandparents in Moosonee, and with her mother, a survivor of the Canadian Residential school system. Jules is a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, Mushkekowok territory, and presently resides in Vancouver where she is in her second year of her PhD with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. It was recently announced that Jules is a PhD candidate.
Jules was also the 2017 Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence with the Vancouver Public Library. Her latest documentary film NiiSoTeWak, about her twin sons is currently in production, with an anticipated release this spring/summer. She and co-director/producer Rick Miller have a documentary entitled Butterfly Monument: A Tribute to Shannen Koostachin which premiered in the fall of 2017. Jules recently completed her latest film, a fictional short entitled OChiSkwaCho, which will premiere in the fall of 2018.
In 2010, she completed graduate school at Ryerson University in Documentary Media where she was awarded the Award of Distinction for her thesis work, as well as the Graduate Ryerson Gold Medal for highest academic achievement. While pursuing her Masters, Jules finished her first feature length documentary film, Remembering Inninimowin about her journey of remembering Cree. After graduation, Jules was one of six women selected for the Women in the Directors Chair program at the Banff Center in Alberta, where she directed a scene from her feature script Broken Angel, currently in development. Jules’ television series AskiBOYZ (2016) co-produced with Big Soul Production about two urban Cree youth reconnecting with the land is currently being aired on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and can also be accessed online at askiboyz.com.
In 1996, she graduated from Concordia University’s Fine Arts Program with a Major in Theatre, and since she has completed several programs, such as Screenwriting and Produce & Direct Your Own Short Film and the Ryerson University Summer Film Intensive Program where she was nominated for the Peter Gerretsen Film Awards for Best Achievement, Editing, and Screenwriting. She won for Screenwriting! With a number of published works, short films, and two feature length screenplays, Passing of Souls and Broken Angel, she has established herself within the film and television community. Some of her other credits include (2) seasons as a co-host of Cooking with the Wolfman on APTN, and theatre productions of her own independent work Asivak’s Creation Story, Earth Whispers and The White Spider Woman. She has been consistently successful in obtaining grants from the councils for her work, such as her novel Words for my Daughters, media installation Alive with Breath, and Broken Angel, which won Best Fresh Voice at the Female Eye Film Festival. She’s presently working on a book of poetry entitled Unearthing of Secrets, as well as manuscripts Soul Kept funded by the Ontario Arts Council with the support of mentor/novelist Lee Maracle and Moccasin Souls about survivance and intergenerational resilience.
Jules’ company VisJuelles Productions Inc. has a number of television and film
projects in development; RedBARZ a
documentary about the incarceration of Indigenous women in Canada was developed
with Shaw Media. Over the years, she has
worked in the Indigenous community in several capacities providing support to Indigenous
women and children who face barriers; these community experiences continue to
feed her arts practice.