Tina is a Cree woman from Norway House Cree Nation, daughter of Joseph Keeper and Reverand Phyllis Keeper (nee Beardy of Muskrat Dam First Nation). Tina studied acting at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, the Banff Centre and the Sundance Film Institute, and completed her BA in theatre at the University of Winnipeg. Tina is best known for her work on the Canadian series “North of 60” for which she earned a Gemini award.
Over the past 20 years, Tina has been committed to utilizing her skills and profile to raise awareness on the issues of Aboriginal youth suicide and the Missing & Murdered Aboriginal women. The advocacy led Tina to a run in federal politics and she served one term as the Member of Parliament for the Churchill riding until October, 2008.
In 2010, Tina Keeper and Phyllis Laing of Buffalo Gal Pictures formed Kistikan Pictures, dedicated to developing and producing film and television with Indigenous artists. Recent productions include the APTN tv series Cashing In, and The REDress Redress Project, a short documentary on the Missing Murdered Aboriginal women in Manitoba. Keeper is proud to be working with emerging and established Indigenous artists, and currently has a new teen drama series in development, and a feature film based on Joseph Boyden’s award winning novel, Through Black Spruce.
Tina is also a recipient of the Order of Manitoba and an Aboriginal Achievement Award.