Dr. Tasha Hubbard is a writer, filmmaker, and an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English. She is from Peepeekisis First Nation in Treaty Four Territory, and is the mother of an eleven-year-old son. Her research is on Indigenous efforts to return the buffalo to the lands and Indigenous film in North America. Her first solo writing/directing project Two Worlds Colliding, about Saskatoon’s infamous Starlight Tours, premiered at ImagineNATIVE in 2004, was broadcast on CBC’s documentary program Roughcuts in 2004, won a Golden Sheaf in 2005, and won the Canada Award at the Gemini Awards. Her hybrid drama/documentary short film 7 Minutes won Best Short Non-Fiction at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2016. She also recently finished an NFB-produced feature documentary called Birth of a Family about a 60s Scoop family coming together for the first time during a week in Banff. It premiered at Hot Docs and landed in the top ten audience choice list. It also won the Audience Favourite for Feature Documentary at the Edmonton International Film Festival and a Special Jury prize at ImagineNATIVE. She is now directing and producing a film project that opens up and explores the fraught relationship between Indigenous peoples and settlers on the prairies, done with the participation of the family of the late Colten Boushie.
Candidate Statement: I am a scholar who blends my community-based research with my creative work. I also have experience both founding and sitting on different boards, committees and working groups, including the newly formed Indigenous Advisory Council for the National Film Board of Canada. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to NAISA.